Kenya’s coronavirus tally has risen to 1,286, after 72 additional test samples returned positive results for the disease.
According to Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mercy Mwangangi, 2,711 samples were analysed in the last 24 hours.
The country has cumulatively tested 61,971 persons since the first case was reported on March 13.
Dr Mwangangi disclosed that 70 of the new patients are Kenyans, one is a Somali national and the other is a Ugandan.
Forty-four of the 72 are males, while 28 are females. They are aged between 12 and 78.
The Health CAS also disclosed that nine more patients had been discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of recoveries to 402.
The number of deaths also rose to 52 after one more patient succumbed to Covid-19.
“Today, we have 72 positive cases of Covid-19. Nairobi City County has the highest, with 52. We have nine more recoveries, bringing the total number to 402. Unfortunately, one more person has died and this means we have now lost 52 patients,” the CAS said.
Distribution in Counties
The 72 cases are spread out as follows: Nairobi (52), Mombasa (11), Kiambu (7), Isiolo (1) and Turkana (1).
“Turkana is now the 29th county to record a Covid-19 positive case,” Dr Mwangangi said.
In Nairobi, Lang’ata recorded 21 cases, Dagoretti North (15), Kamukunji (4), Kibra (4), Embakasi (2), Kasarani (3), Dagoretti South (1), Makadara (1) and Mathare (1).
The cases in Mombasa were from Nyali (4), Mvita (3), Kisauni (3) and Changamwe (1).
In Kiambu, the patients were diagnosed in Limuru (2), and one case each in Kikuyu, Ruiru, Thika, Kabete and Githunguri.
The case in Turkana was tested at Kakuma while the patient in Isiolo is from mandatory quarantine.
General Highlights of Covid-19 Update
- Dr Mwangangi said that the issues arising from the borders would be handled amicably to avoid a dispute that might heavily cost the involved countries;
- Kenyans have been urged to observe a healthy diet during this period of Covid-19 pandemic;
- The Ministry of Health has set up 20 testing laboratories across the country and trained up to 11,000 health workers.