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Kenya records highest number of COVID-19 cases since August

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  • Health commentators will start asking whether another lockdown is imminent.
  • Increased caseload may negate the ongoing school re-opening programme
  • The new cases are distributed in 30 counties.

 

Kenya has recorded 604 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since August.

In what points to a worrying trend in a spike of infections, this now brings the total caseload in the country to 42,541.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says 5,832 samples were tested between Tuesday and Wednesday. Of the 604 cases, 583 are Kenyans and the rest foreigners. A five-month-old infant is the youngest patient while the oldest is 94 years. Men still account for the lion’s share of infections – 400, against 204 women.

Mutahi Kagwe, Health CS
Mutahi Kagwe, Health CS        PHOTO/FILE

 

The cases are distributed in 30 counties.

Nairobi county has 125 cases, Nakuru 113, Mombasa 87, Busia 35, Uasin Gishu 33, Trans Nzoia 25, Kiambu 25, Kajiado 16, Nandi 13, Kakamega 12, Meru 11, Machakos 7, Siaya 7, Garissa 7, Muranga 5, West Pokot 5, Nyeri 5, Turkana 4, Laikipia 3, Wajir 3, and Embu, Kirinyaga, Narok, Marsabit, and Taita Taveta two cases each. Kitui, Nyamira, Tharaka Nithi, Kilifi and Nyandarua has a case each.

The country has also recorded 88 recoveries. Fifty six are from the Home-Based Care Program, while 32 have been discharged from various hospitals. The total number of recoveries now stands at 31,428. The total number of deaths rose to 797 after 10 more people lost their lives

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