Today, we have recorded 127 positives from a test pool of 2,247 samples. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases to 2,989, from 100,683 samples tested so far, and the cumulative number of recoveries is 873.
The COVID-19 UPDATE today in Kenya by Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman as a summary is as follows:
✔️2,247 samples tested in the past 24 hours
✔️100,683 samples tested so far
✔️127 new positive cases today
✔️2,989 Total confirmed cases
✔️24 new recoveries
✔️873 Total discharged and recovered
✔️3 fatality today
✔️88 Total fatalities
Three more patients succumb to #COVID19 rising the death toll to 88.
24 more patients have been discharged bringing total number of recoveries to 873.
According to our health experts, our epidemiological curve is rising sharply in many of our regions. This implies that we are likely to record increasing numbers of #COVID19 cases.
As of today, we are almost hitting the three thousand mark of positives.
Today’s cases comprise, 124 Kenyans and 3 foreigners, while 84 are males and 33 females. The youngest in the group is a 3 weeks old infant, and the oldest is 72 years of age.
Distribution of the cases in the counties;
🔹Uasin Gishu 1
🔹Dagoretti North 3
🔹Embakasi South 1
🔹Embakasi West 1
Mombasa cases are from 🔹Mvita 8
In Busia, all the 14 cases are of truck drivers, at Malaba POE. In Kiambu, the cases are from Thika, (2), Ruiri and Kikuyu, (1) case each.
🔹Kilifi North 2
🔹Kilifi South 1
🔹All 4 cases are from Athi River.
🔹All 3 cases are of truck drivers from Kanduyi
We have lost another 3 more patients to the disease, bringing the tally of fatalities to 88. We sent our heartfelt deepest condolences to the family of the departed; Dr Rashid.
72 healthcare workers have contracted the virus from different environments, out of which 19 are currently being managed in different health facilities; Dr. Rashid Aman.
This risk of infection has however not undermined their commitment to duty & we thank them, for their dedication & devotion to serve Kenyans even in the face of being infected;Dr. Rashid Aman.
We are now into the 12th week, since the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
Since we reported our first case in mid-March, our infection numbers have been swelling, & we are now almost hitting the 3000 mark; Dr Aman.
According to the experts, our epidemiological curve is rising sharply in many regions, implying that, going forward, we are likely to record increasing numbers of positives & more people requiring clinical management.
We have no choice, but to work together, share resources, and deploy the proven strategies, that we have learnt along the way, which is the way out.
1️⃣The need for social & physical distancing, which remains the best strategy for containing the spread of the virus, because it is carried mainly by human beings, and that is why countries have been emphasizing staying home.
2️⃣ Stigma towards those who have tested positive of the virus must not be tolerated. Stigmatizing anyone during a pandemic poses a threat to everyone.
Experience in dealing with HIV, Ebola, & other infectious diseases, shows that stigma undermines efforts at testing and treating the disease. This divides and turns us against each other, yet pandemics reminds us of how connected we all are.
Always remember that, it is the virus which is the enemy, not people with Covid-19, or those affected by Covid-19. We must therefore care for each other, hold each other’s hand, walk together in this fight, until all of us are free.