Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Saturday, 1st August, confirmed that the country has recorded 727 new coronavirus cases.

Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kagwe disclosed that 6,371 samples had been tested over the last one day.

Kenya’s Covid-19 tally has now settled at 21,363, this being the 150th day since the first case was reported.

The new cases comprise 465 males and 262 females with their age distribution ranging between one and 92 years.

The CS said that out of the 727 infections, 696 are Kenyans while 31 are foreigners.

At the same time, the number of fatalities has risen to 364 after 23 more patients died. This is the first time the country is registering more than 20 deaths in 24 hours.

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The new deaths include a 16-year-old boy, who did not have any pre-existing medical history.

“We must demystify this notion that only old people can die of Covid-19. Over the last few days, we have seen young people dying at an alarming rate,” the CS said.

On a good note, 254 more individuals have been declared Covid-19-free, pushing the number of recoveries to 8,419.

Eighty-eight of the 254 recoveries had been receiving treatment at home, while 166 were admitted to different hospitals all over the country.

Today’s patients are spread out as follows: Nairobi (470), Kiambu (64), Kajiado (25), Kirinyaga (20), Mombasa (16), Migori (15), Busia (13), Machakos (12) and Laikipia (11).

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Kagwe noted that only the coastal region had flattened its Covid-19 curve.

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