The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 62 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, pushing the national tally to 1,348.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman revealed that 59 of the patients are Kenyans while three are foreign nationals.

Dr Aman also noted that 2293 persons were tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

Kenya has analysed a total of 64,264 samples, 74 days after the first case of Covid-19 was reported.

Forty-five of the new cases are males and 17 are females. The youngest patient is aged six years while the oldest is 64.

The Health CAS further said that the number of recoveries has risen to 405 after three more people were discharged.

He thanked health workers for their quick response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Distribution In Counties

The 62 cases are spread out as follows: Nairobi (23) Mombasa (16), Kwale (8), Kajiado (6), Kiambu (6) and Kitui (3).

In Nairobi, the cases were confirmed in Umoja (6), Kibra (6), Eastleigh (3), Dagoretti North (2), Lang’ata (2), Westlands (2), Starehe (1) and Embakasi East (1).

The cases in Mombasa were tested in Jomvu (3), Changamwe (9), Nyali (3) and Mvita (1).

In Kwale, Msambweni and Lunga Lunga areas recorded four cases each.

Lari Sub-County registered five cases while Ruiru had one, making up the eight in Kiambu.

The three cases were diagnosed in Miambani area while the six patients in Kajiado were tested in Kajiado Central Sub-Location.

Meanwhile, the government has lamented over some people giving wrong details when they go for testing.

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Dr Aman noted that some of those providing inaccurate information have ended up testing positive for Covid-19.

He said that the disease would blow up if the disturbing trend continues.

“We have noted a disturbing behavior of persons giving false contacts. It is important to give the right information as it is only through this that contact tracing is possible.”

However, the CAS appreciated that many Kenyans in the Covid-19 hotspots were going for targeted testing.

Concerning the issues arising from truck drivers at Malaba border, Transport CS James Macharia said that some of them were to blame.

Macharia remarked that few drivers arrived at the border point without their Covid-19 certificates, prompting authorities to take action, and hence causing the snarl-up.

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The CS added that security teams were trying to identify the individuals who caused the huge mess.

The government has said the Malaba point of entry is key for economic success of the country, especially during this pandemic.

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