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Fears of second Coronavirus wave as 616 more people test positive

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  • 5,512 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, thus returning an infection rate of over 10%
  • The World Health Organization says a positivity rate of 5% and below is the best case scenario  
  • Rising cases now point to a second wave, or just recklessness in adhering to the health protocols

 

Kenya has today recorded the highest number of Coronavirus infections since the easing of the partial lockdown.

616 people tested positive out of a sample size of 5,512, bringing the total number of reported cases to 44,196.

This caps a week that has seen a spiraling number of cases; 604 on Wednesday, and 602 on Thursday, and thus re-igniting fears of another lockdown.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta relaxed the lockdown last month, re-opening bars and extending the curfew hours, he said the government would reinstate the measures if the number of infections were not contained.

Of today’s 616 cases, 594 are Kenyans while the rest are foreigners. The youngest patient is an eight-month-old infant, while the oldest is 86. At the same time, 104  people have recovered and 12 lost their lives.

According to the World Health Organization, a country has to sustain a daily positivity rate of below 5% to flatten the curve.

Distribution of cases in 34 counties

Nairobi 121, Nakuru 110, Uasin Gishu 74, Mombasa 55, Kakamega 32, Kericho 29, Kisumu 26, Bungoma 21, Garissa 20, Turkana 16, Kiambu 13, Homa Bay 10, Kajiado 10, Kisii 10, Laikipia 9, Busia 8, Isiolo 6, West Pokot 6, Murang’a 6, Bomet 5, Meru 4, Narok 4, Embu 3, Baringo 3, Nyeri 2, Kwale 2, Machakos 2,  Makueni 2, Siaya 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Wajir 1, Nandi 1, Kirinyaga 1, and Trans Nzoia 1.

 

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