Fifty-two additional people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said.

Kagwe disclosed that the new cases were diagnosed from 2,567 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours.

Kenya’s confirmed Covid-19 positive cases have risen to 1,161.

“We have in the last 24 hours tested 2,567 samples, out of which some 52 people have tested positive for Covid-19,” the CS confirmed.

The country has cumulatively tested 55,074 persons since the first case was reported in March.

The CS also announced that five more people have been discharged from hospital after successful treatment of Covid-19, pushing the number of recoveries to 380.

Distribution In Counties

Speaking in Machakos, CS Kagwe said some the cases were reported in Nairobi (23), Mombasa (7) and Busia (7).

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He urged the County Government of Busia to strengthen Covid-19 measures considering that one of its part is a border point.

The other cases were recorded in Kwale (5), Kajiado (4), Nakuru (2) while Kiambu, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Trans Zoia confirmed one case each.

The cases in Nairobi are spread out in Embakasi (4), Kibra (8), Langata (3), Kamukunji (2), Dagoretti North (2) and a case each in Kasarani, Starehe and Roysambu. The 23rd case is from mandatory quarantine.

In Mombasa, the cases came from Jomvu (4), Mvita (2) and Nyali (1).

All the five patients in Kwale were tested in Msambweni.

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In Kajiado, the cases are distributed in Kajiado Central (2), Kajiado West (1) and Loitoktok (1).

In Nakuru, Naivasha and Rongai recorded one case each.

Kagwe, who was hosted by Governor Alfred Mutua lauded Machakos government for playing a key role in containment of Covid-19.

The Eastern county has recorded fewer cases of Coronavirus due to strict observance of precautionary measures, the CS noted.

Medical Equipments

In addition, the government has announced that local producers were now able to produce enough PPEs, adding that the country has stopped importation of the medical equipments.

However, CS Kagwe said the Ministry of Health was reluctant to use the locally made prototype ventilators.

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He noted that the ventilators will have to be subjected to validation to ascertain if they meet the WHO standards.

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