120 more Covid-19 cases in Kenya now 6190 – Health CAS Rashid Aman

Today, 120 people have tested positive for the disease from 2,221 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The total case load in the country now stands at 6,190 from 167,417 samples.

All the cases, except (5), are Kenyans. 84 of them are males, while 36 are females. The youngest is a six (6) year old child, and the oldest is 83.

The new cases are distributed in the counties of Nairobi 67, Mombasa 17, Kajiado 9, Machakos 9, Kiambu 8, Uasin Gishu 4, Nakuru 2, Kilifi, 2, and Narok 2.

Nairobi, has 67 cases in Westlands 12, Dagoretti North & Langata 11 each, Kibra 6, Makadara & Starehe 4 each, Kamukunji 3, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East, Embakasi North, Embakasi South, Embakasi West & Mathare 2 each, Kasarani, Roysambu, Ruaraka, & Umoja, have 1 case each.

Mombasa, cases are in Mvita (6), Jomvu (5), Changamwe, Kisauni & Likoni, (2) cases each.

Kajiado, cases are in, Loitokitok, (6), & Kajiado North, (3).

Machakos, cases are in Athi River (4), Machakos Town, (3) & Matungulu (2).

Kiambu, cases are in Juja (3), Gatundu South, Githunguri, Kabete, Kikuyu and Limuru, have (1) case each.

Uasin Gishu, cases are in, Ainabkoi (2), Kapseret & Turbo, (1) case each.

Nakuru, has (2) cases in Naivasha.

Narok has )2) cases in Narok North.

Today, we have discharged 42 patients from various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,013.

We thank & celebrate our healthcare workers for this achievement.

We have lost (1) more patient from the coronavirus disease, bringing our fatality to 144. Our condolences go out to the family & friends of the deceased.

Coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented problems across the globe, not only overburdening health care systems, with a large number of fatalities, but also massive job losses that have destabilized family units; Dr Rashid Aman, CAS Health.

The current global disease burden is 9,962,193, with 498,723 deaths.

As of yesterday, 6,070 people, had been confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. Out this, 5,538 cases are local transmissions, which accounts for 91% of the total case load, with the bulk of infections recorded in Mombasa & Nairobi City Counties.

These same counties have the highest attack rates of COVID-19, at 119.6 and 68.9 per 100,000 population respectively, when compared to 12.8 per 100,000 for the whole country.

Out of the 41 counties that have reported cases, Nairobi leads with 3,031, followed by Mombasa at 1,445. Busia, is third with 407, cases, Kajiado 242 & Kiambu 222 cases. Most of the remaining 36 counties have cases below 100.

These numbers show that it is only a matter of time before all the counties record a COVID-19 case. Let us not panic but rather strictly adhere to the containment measures, to prevent widespread infections within the counties.

The main goals of our Covid-19 response are to:
✔️Accelerate our level of preparedness, to help contain the spread of the epidemic & facilitate care for those affected.
✔️Support research priorities, & learn from the current pandemic response, to prepare for future epidemics.

In the area of research, there has been accelerated efforts by our scientists & public health professionals to develop diagnostics, therapeutics & vaccines for Covid-19, to enhance the current level of knowledge about the virus.

Our areas of focus are;
1️⃣Local characterization of the pandemic, to determine; who are affected, where & how.
2️⃣Understanding the disease spectrum & characterization of the outcomes; who are asymptomatic, who are developing symptoms & by severity of symptoms, & fatalities.

3️⃣Interventions implemented, their level of success, and the extent to which they have contributed to successful containment of the pandemic, reducing the morbidity and mortality of Covid-19.

Experiences from SARS-CoV & MERS-CoV responses, have helped in building capacity in managing Covid-19.

We have also leveraged on the successful interventions developed, and implemented for the control and management of other infectious diseases, like HIV and Tuberculosis.

MOH_Kenya through KEMRI_Kenya has been the lead on all local & international collaborative Covid-19 researches.

MOH_Kenya has been scientifically tracking all affected & exposed people in the country, & developing a knowledge-base that has led to developing Covid-19 testing strategies, management protocols and pandemic containment efforts.

Interventions for Covid-19 containment, prevention & management continue to be guided by the highest standards of evidence, both locally & globally. But until the outcomes of the researches are out, we continue to urge our people to strictly adhere to the containment measures.

✔️maintaining social and physical distance,
✔️wearing of face masks in public places,
✔️washing of hands with soap and running water,
✔️avoiding all public and social gatherings, among others to.

Today MOH_Kenya CAS, Dr. Rashid Aman received donations from UNFPAKen & Kenya Red Cross towards the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As one of UNFPA’s implementing partners, the Kenya Red Cross has been a key player in facilitating the purchase, storage, & distribution of reproductive health items in various counties.

The items will be distributed to the Counties of Nairobi, Kitui, Mombasa, Kwale, Migori, Lamu, Kisumu, Busia, Kilifi, Narok, Homabay, Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera and Wajir, as well as family Health Options Kenya.

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