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Fears of Coronavirus second wave as 602 more people test positive

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  • Fears of a second coronavirus wave in Kenya as 602 test positive, just a day after the country recorded highest daily tally of infections since August.
  • This worrying trend comes in a week of the phased reopening of schools.
  • The new cases are distributed in 34 counties.

The fears of a second wave of Coronavirus is fast-growing in Kenya after 602 people were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on Thursday, October 15.

This comes 24 hours after the country recorded the highest daily tally of Coronavirus infections since August at 604.

In what points to a worrying trend in a spike of infections, this now brings the total caseload in the country to 43,143.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says that the 602 cases were detected from the 5,618 samples that were tested between Wednesday and Thursday.

From the cases, 585 are Kenyans while 17 are foreigners.The men continue to account for the lion’s share of infections-407, against 195 females. A one-year-old child is the youngest patient today while the oldest 93 years.

Distribution of cases by counties is as follows; Nairobi 133, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu 47 cases each, Kilifi, Kisumu 46 cases each, Mombasa 44, Kericho 32, Kakamega 28, Turkana 25, Kisii 21, Machakos 20, Laikipia 13, Nyandarua, Bungoma 12 cases each, Kiambu 11, Nandi 10, Busia, Kajiado has recorded 7 cases each, Baringo, Garissa has 6 cases each, West Pokot, Nyamira has recorded 5 cases each, Makueni 3, Nyeri, Embu, Siaya, Bomet, Vihiga has 2 cases each, Lamu, Wajir, Samburu, Narok, Murang’a and Meru has 1 case each.

80 people have recovered from the disease, 51 are from the Home-Based Care Program, while 29 have been discharged from various hospitals across the country. Total recoveries now stand at 31,508.

The number of COVID-19 deaths rose to 805 in the country after eight more people lost their lives.

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