COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES LIVE FROM JKIA: 727 more test positive, 254 recover as 23 die

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CS MACHARIA: I would like to appreciate the sacrifice that has been made by CS Mutahi Kagwe, DG Patrick Amoth and the whole Ministry of Health team for leading the fight against COVID-19.

CS MACHARIA: We have inspected all our airports in the country and they passed the test, that is why we decided to resume domestic flights on 15 of July, and today (1st August) we have resumed international flights.

International flights resume

CS MACHARIA: Today we have had a busy day, surpassing our expectations. I would like to confirm to Kenyans that JKIA has already seen departures of flights to Heathrow Airport (London), Dubai, Addis Ababa, Kigali and Dakar Senegal.

CS MACHARIA: We also expect flights in the country. JKIA is expecting arriving flights from Kenya Airways, British Airways, KLM from Amsterdam and Lufthansa from Frankfurt Germany this evening.

Kenya-Tanzania Tiff over?

CS MACHARIA: Me and my brother the minister for transport in Tanzania have had a discussion this morning.

CS MACHARIA: We did agree on all issues and we believe that by the end of the day, the travel advisory issued by Tanzanian Government banning KQ shall be reversed.

CS MACHARIA: We have made investment in all points of entry, to ensure that visitors coming in Kenya and we [Kenyans ourselves] are safe.

CS MACHARIA: We never stopped flights from Tanzania to enter the country, it was a minor misunderstanding which we have resolved already. We are now expecting Tanzanians to fly into the country as soon as today. By tomorrow, Kenya Airways will be flying to Tanzania.

COVID-19 numbers today

BREAKING NEWS: 727 people have been confirmed positive out of the 6,371 tested samples. 696 are Kenyans, 31 are foreigners. 465 are male as 262 are females.

CS MUTAHI KAGWE: The youngest patient is a one-year-old while the oldest is a 92-year-old man.

BREAKING NEWS: 254 patients have recovered from COVID-19; 88 are from the home-based care program while 166 have been released from various hospitals across the country. 8,419 people have so far recovered from COVID-19.

BREAKING NEWS: We report the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities of 23. Death toll due to COVID-19 now rises to 364.

CS MUTAHI KAGWE: One of the deaths is a 16-year-old. The myth that COVID-19 kills the old people is so wrong. So young people let us observe the COVID-19 containment measures.

Distribution of the new cases in the counties

Nairobi continues to be a hot spot, recording 470 of the new cases; Kiambu-64, Kajiado-25, Kirinyaga-20, Mombasa-16, Migori-15, Busia-13, Machakos-12, Laikipia-11.

CS MUTAHI KAGWE: Kiambu County now needs more National Government support, because the COVID-19 situation is deteriorating.

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