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Health CS Confirms 260 New Coronavirus Cases Raising National Tally to 4,738

by Robert Mwangi
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On Sunday, 21st June, Kenya marked its first 100 days since the first case of the coronavirus disease was reported in the country.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that by now, the country has recorded 4,738 cases.

Over the last 24, the Ministry of Health analysed 3,651 samples where 260 of them returned positive for Covid-19.

This is the biggest number of new infections to be reported in a single day.

The 260 cases include 176 males and 84 females while the youngest patient is aged 7 months and the oldest is an 90-year-old.

One-hundred and fifty four of the new infections are Kenyans while six are foreigners.

During the 100 days, 1,586 have recovered from the respiratory disease with 21 of them having been discharged in the last 24 hours.

Unfortunately, 123 patients have succumbed as a result of illnesses triggered or accelerated by Covid-19.

Distribution of The Cases By Counties

Nairobi – 157

Mombasa – 42

Kwale – 15

Kiambu – 14

Machakos – Nine

Kajiado – Seven

Migori, Nakuru and Busia – three cases each

Homabay – two

Kilifi, Kisii, Kisumu, Kakamega and Laikipia – one case each.

CS Kagwe also announced that at least 600 Covid-19 patients have been enrolled for the newly launched home-based care programme.

He noted that the pilot programme was successful, hence, the need for the curriculum to kick off for asymptomatic patients.

“So far no one we had enrolled for the pilot programme has died at home,” he said.

Lessons

The cabinet secretary explained that the country has picked quite many lessons after the first patient tested positive for Covid-19.

He thanked members of the fourth estate for providing education to the public on how they should protect themselves from contracting the virus.

“We have made so many lessons from this disease and some of them we hope will leave with us even when the virus is long gone. For instance, maintaining good levels of hygiene must be our way new way of life.”

In addition, the CS noted that the disease coulds stay longer than expected, therefore, urging everyone to observe the safety guidelines.

However, he lamented that some Kenyans had started to flout the Covid-19 rules, especially in market places, where he observed that regular washing of hands was no longer taken seriously as before.

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