Kenya confirms 22 New Covid-19 cases now 81-Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

Coronavirus update by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe confirms the Coronavirus disease is spreading widely is our society. Today we have 22 new cases of Coronavirus, coming to 81 Covid-19 cases in Kenya.

In the last 24 hours, 380 suspected cases of COVID-19 have been sampled and analyzed at the National Influenza center, KEMRI, CDC, & Aga Khan Hospital laboratories; out of which, 22 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

21 out of the 22 new cases are in mandatory quarantine.

The 22 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are spread out in the Counties as follows;
✅Mombasa 7 cases
✅Kiambu 2
✅Kakamega 1
✅Kilifi 1
✅Machakos 1
✅Muranga 1
✅Nyamira 1 and
✅Nairobi 1

In terms of gender, among the confirmed cases are 13 males & 9 females, aged between 23 to 71 years. All were detected in quarantine facilities except one case.

We have 3 full recoveries in Kenya of Covid-19 Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

The new cases are 18 Kenyans, two Pakistanis and two Cameroon nationals.

13 of the cases are males and 9 are females: one of them is a patient admitted at Mombasa Hospital.

The clinical officer who tested positive of Coronavirus, is responding well to treatment plus all other patients except one who is in ICU at Aga Khan Hospital, Ag. Director General, Dr. Patrick Amoth has confirmed.

Tracing of close contacts of the eighty-one (81) confirmed cases is on-going.

The total number of close contacts that we have so far been monitoring stands at 1675. Out of this number, 706 have been discharged from contact follow up process after completing the 14 days follow up period.

Currently, our teams are monitoring 969 close contacts of confirmed cases.

We are working to adress the global shortage of PPEs by having them manufactured locally. Already KIKOTEC in Kitui has been approved to manufacture facemasks and has began manufacturing process.

We will ensure all healthcare workers who are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients have the highest most protective gear.

Keeping physical distance is paramount in ensuring we #KomeshaCorona with overall behavior change during this pandemic times .

As a government we have asked the Nairobi city county not to disconnect water because of water bills and KPLC to be patient with Kenyans ~ CS Mutahi Kagwe.

Today, President Uhuru Kenyatta spoke with Ivy Brenda Cherono who was our first patient to test positive for the Coronavirus after she was discharged from Mbagathi Hospital . She was accompanied by Brian Orindi, patient number 3.

“The recovery of Cherono and Brian should be a testimony that Kenyans must now understand that contracting the disease is not a license to death,” CS Health, Mutahi Kagwe.

The second contact who also contracted the disease from Cherono was discharged two weeks ago. This brings to three the number of people who have now fully recovered from the virus.

Many Kenyans are still infected & more are still getting infected as result of coming into contact with those who have tested positive for the virus.

Let us not relent in the fight against the virus by observing the preventive measures as advised.

☑ Kenya has experienced medical staff who have handled infectious diseases like TB before and government is confident in their capacity to handle Covid-19.

☑ By end of day tomorrow, Kenya will start manufacturing personal protective equipment within the county and this will be a major breakthrough. The shortage we are experiencing due to global shortage will be dealt with once the country starts producing for itself.

☑ In the footsteps of Brenda who was Kenya’s first patient and who took herself to the hospital once she began feeling unwell, the government is urging everyone to take similar responsibility; quarantine yourself if you begin feeling unwell, until you get help.

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