On Sunday, 18th October, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe made the latest Covid-19 update, showing that 685 people have tested positive within the last 24 hours.

Kenya’s Covid-19 case load has now risen to 44,881.

Over the last one day, the country managed a sample size of 4,912, raising the cumulative tests to 621,976.

According to Kagwe, who spoke in Nairobi, 635 of the 685 new patients are Kenyans while 50 are foreigners.

In terms of gender dispensation, 456 cases are males while 229 are females, with their ages ranging between one and 99 years.

The total number of discharges increased to 31,857, following 105 new recoveries in a period of 24 hours.

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Of the recovered cases, 73 had been enrolled for the home-based care programme while 32 were admitted in various medical facilities.

On a sad note, seven more patients have died, pushing Kenya’s Covid-19 death tally to 832.

The CS noted that the country will likely be hit by a second wave, citing the carelessness among Kenyans in observing the Covid-19 guidelines.

“We are definitely heading to a second wave of the COVID-19. Be prepared for the long haul. This isn’t a short term issue. I urge you not to relax at this point, enforce the law. We cannot allow ourselves to go back to the containment measures we had. Let us all take collective responsibility.”

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In addition, he faulted the political leadership for holding rallies, as the move was putting so many Kenyans at risk of contracting Covid-19.

Kagwe also said that those who attended political meetings are also to blame should the country experience resurgence.

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