Kenya confirms 8 new Coronavirus cases now 216- Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi

In the last 24 hours, we have tested 694 samples. Out of these samples, 8 have tested positive for Coronavirus disease, bringing to 216 the total number of confirmed cases in the country; CAS Dr. Mwangangi.

✔️six cases were picked from mandatory quarantine centers
✔️2 were picked by Ministry of Health Kenya surveillance teams
✔️1 person has been discharged from hospital bringing figure of recoveries to 41

Among the 8, 5 are Kenyans the other 3 are; a Briton, a Pakistani and a Ugandan. 6 have a history of travel from UAE, UK, Pakistan, Zambia & Comoros.

The spread of the new cases with regard to their counties of residence is as follows; Nairobi 6, Siaya 1 & Nakuru 1. In terms of distribution of the cases in age, the pattern continues where we see the disease affecting the most productive group of our society.

Covid-19 cases per county :

Nairobi 101, Mombasa 34
Kilifi 10, Kiambu 7
Mandera 6, Machakos 6, Nakuru 5, Kisii 1, Kitui 2, Laikipia 2, Kajiado 2, Muranga
2, Homa Bay 1, Kakamega
2, Nyamira 1, Nyandarua
2, Nyeri 1, Siaya 2 Uasin Gishu
2, Vihiga 1, Kwale 1

A total of 2,331 contacts have been monitored, out of which 1,729 have been discharged. 602 contacts are being followed at the moment.

The disease is affecting the most productive group of our society.

Kenya is beginning a crucial phase in our battle against COVID-19 pandemic. We are witnessing a phenomenon where the virus is increasingly moving to the counties; Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, CAS Health.

In one month, we have bared our all in this fight, but the numbers kept rising. We have appraised constantly on our figures&advised, that it would be much wiser to prepare for the worst.

Despite the measures we have put in place, we are witnessing a phenomenon where the virus is increasingly moving to the counties. From down South in Kilifi to Mandera in the North. And from the West in Vihiga to Kitui in the East;

We are rolling out the mass testing exercise in consideration of risk areas i.e quarantine centers, hotels and isolation facilities, hospitals & high population density areas such as Kibra.

The 1st phase of the mass testing will see approximately 12,000 testing kits deployed to the targeted areas.

We have deployed 1000 testing kits to the Kenya Ports Authority, Mombasa county, based on the risk of transmission as well as Mandera & Siaya Counties.

In cognizant of the measures we have taken to fight #COVID19, we have witnessed a spike in Domestic violence, Gender-based violence & Sexual Offences.
As we address the issue through relevant agencies we call on Kenyans to focus on fighting the virus not violence.

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