Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday, 9th August, said the country had recorded 599 new coronavirus positive cases.

In his daily Covid-19 pandemic briefing, Kagwe disclosed that 4,420 samples had been analysed within the last 24 hours, raising the total number of tests to 353,727.

The national Covid-19 tally has now risen to 26,436.

Out this new infections, 373 are males and 226 are females, while the youngest patient is a one-year-old child and the oldest is 82.

On a good note, the country has for the first time registered more than 1,000 recoveries in a single day.

Kagwe said 2,062 individuals had been declared Covid-19- free after successful treatment, bringing to 12,962, the total number of recoveries.

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Seventy-nine of the new recoveries were discharged from various health facilities, while the rest had been enrolled for the home-based care.

Unfortunately, two more patients have died, raising Kenya’s Covid-19 death toll to 420.

The CS was speaking in Kisumu County during his tour to assess how Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o’s administration was preparing to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kagwe warned medics against producing negative results for people who die of Covid-19, just to have their families conduct normal burials.

“It has been brought to our attention about doctors behaving badly to undermine families by exploiting their emotions,” he said.

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Governor Nyong’o said the county had set aside more than 400 beds for coronavirus victims, with 25 of them been equipped for critically ill patients. The national government has instructed devolved units to have a minimum of 300 Covid-19 beds.

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