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Coronavirus: Uhuru Announces New Cases As Recoveries Go Up

by Robert Mwangi
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that nine more people have tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

The new cases were diagnosed from 704 samples that the Ministry of Health analysed in the last 24 hours.

The national Covid-19 toll has now risen to 234 cases.

The President acknowledged that the government had improved its screening and testing capacity. As of now, more than 10,000 persons exposed to Covid-19 have been tested.

President Kenyatta also announced that 55 people have been discharged after fully recovering from the disease.

“Some 55 people have fully recovered from the disease, but 11 others have lost their lives to coronavirus-related infections,” he said in a live broadcast from State House, Nairobi.

President Kenyatta said the measures taken by the government to curb the spread of the respiratory virus had succeeded to a great extent.

He noted that the situation could have been worse if his administration had been not take early steps to fight the merciless virus.

“We have seen results from some of the measures we took earlier. The night curfew and cessation of movement within the four counties of Nairobi, Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa have played a role in slowing down the impact of this disease,” the President stated.

He thanked Kenyans for adhering to the precautionary measures ,which the Ministry of Health has continued to publicise.

At the same time, he warned individuals whose actions put other Kenyans at risk of contracting the respiratory disease.

“Some have continued to take this disease for a joke. We must take care not to enter into a major crisis like the developed countries where they are mass deaths,” he said.

The President said the government had identified vulnerable households in Nairobi that would need to be cushioned from adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have taken further measures to cushion our people from this disease. We have identified vulnerable households in Nairobi and some of them became beneficiaries yesterday,” he stated.

Every Kenyan, he pleaded, should play a part in the fight to eliminate the pandemic, which has adversely affected normal operations.

The President said it was necessary for the tough season to end so that the country can embark on an economic recovery journey.

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