Today, 74 people have tested positive for the virus from 1,574 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours.
The total number of positive cases now stands at 1,962, while the aggregate number of samples tested so far is 78,536. This number of positive cases is still high, and we must be concerned as a nation.
Out of the 74 positive cases; (55) are males & (19) are females.
Age range is from 3 years for the youngest and 79 years for the oldest.
In a summary the COVID-19 UPDATE today in Kenya is as follows:
✔️1,574 samples tested in the past 24
✔️78,536 samples tested so far
✔️74 new positive cases today
✔️Total confirmed cases stand at 1,962
✔️14 new recoveries today
✔️Cumulative discharged 474
✔️1 fatality today
✔️Total fatalities stand at 64
Distribution of the positive cases by county:
▶️Uasin Gishu 2),
▶️Laikipia (1) and
▶️Taita Taveta (1).
Laikipia becomes the latest County to record a case, bringing the tally of counties affected so far to 34.
Distribution of cases in Nairobi;
▶️Embakasi East & Embakasi Central three (3) cases each,
▶️Dagoretti North, Westlands, Embakasi South, (2) cases each,
▶️Kasarani, Kamukunji, Makadara, & Starehe, (1) case each.
Mombasa, has 23 cases from;
▶️Likoni & Nyali (3) cases each,
▶️Jomvu & Changamwe (1) case each.
Busia, has (6) cases
▶️Five (5) from Alupe mandatory quarantine, &
▶️ one (1) from Malaba point of entry,
Kiambu, has (2) cases from
▶️ Ruiru (1) and
Kwale, (2) cases are from ▶️Msambweni (1) &
▶️Lungalunga point of entry (1).
▶️Kajiado, has (2) cases from Kajiado North & Kajiado Central
▶️Uasin Gishu, has (1) case from Turbo.
▶️Kilifi, has (1) case from Kilifi quarantine facility
▶️Laikipia, has (1) case from Laikipia East
▶️Taita Taveta has (1) case from Taveta quarantine facility.
Today, we have discharged another (14) patients from various hospitals, bringing our total tally of recoveries to 474.
Our gratitude goes to our health workers, who are working day & night to ensure our people are well managed.
We have lost another patient from Kayole to the disease, bringing our total number of fatalities to 64.
Our condolences go to the family and friends of the deceased.
The Government has rolled out various interventions to cushion the vulnerable members of our society, in the short term, & to revamp the economy, in the long term. This includes the weekly stipend of Kshs. 1,000, to those adversely affected by this pandemic.
To date, the Government has disbursed over Kshs. 1bn in support of this initiative.
Another initiative by the Government is the Kazi Mtaani program, which has employed over 26,000 youth to help enhance standards of hygiene, within our urban centres.
The Government has paid out over Kshs. 350 million to the youth already enrolled in this program. Plans are underway to expand it to recruit over 200,000 youth spread across the whole country; CAS Health, Rashid Aman.
The Government is also funding the Inua Jamii social protection program, which targets to cushion the elderly & other vulnerable people in our society. In the current FY, the GOV has injected over KES 26bn into this program which has benefitted over 1M members of our society.
These programs, are all part of an elaborate Government strategy to protect our people & to revamp the economy.
Recently, His Excellency the President unveiled an 8-point economic stimulus package, valued at Kshs. 53.7 billion, to aid in boosting the recovery of the economy.
These are all efforts targeted at mitigating the impact of the pandemic.
All these initiatives are predicated on how our coronavirus infection curve behaves. If the curve rises exponentially, it will certainly undermine whatever initiatives that the Government has put in place to revamp the economy.
The behavior of the infection curve is totally dependent on our behavior as a people. Each of us has a role to play. Adopting responsible social behaviors to break the transmission chain of the virus is of vital importance.
We must therefore, continue to strictly observe the containment measures and obey the advisories issued by the Government.