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‘We are headed for a second Coronavirus wave’ CS Kagwe warns

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  • Kenya records 685 new cases, 7 deaths and 105 recoveries; total caseload stands at 44,881 cases.
  • The new infections indicate a 12% positivity rate compared to the initial 4% positivity rate before restrictions were lifted.
  • Rising cases now point to a second wave, or just recklessness in adhering to the health protocols

Kenya has recorded yet another high number of Coronavirus infections since the easing of the partial lockdown.

685 people tested positive out of a sample size of 4,912, 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, 602 on Thursday, and 616 on Saturday, and thus further re-igniting fears of another lockdown.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta was relaxing the lockdown last month, re-opening of bars and reducing curfew hours, he reiterated that his administration would not hesitate to re-introduce the lockdown measures if the number of infections were not contained.

After holding a brief with the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the new infections indicate a 12% positivity rate compared to the 4% positivity rate before COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

Of today’s cases 685 cases, 635 are Kenyans while 50 are foreigners; 456 are male while 229 are female. The youngest patient from the new infections is one-year-old while the oldest is 99 years.

105 people have also recovered from the disease; 73 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 32 were discharged from various hospitals.

The fatalities have risen to 832 after the seven more people lost their lives.