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COVID-19: 147 People test positive number rises to 1618


Kenya has confirmed another 147 cases of the novel COVID-19 raising the number of reported cases in the country to 1618.

The 147 are out of a cluster of 2831 samples tested in the last 24 hours. Kenya has so far tested a cumulative  70,172 samples.

Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing in Kiambu county, health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that Nairobi still remains a COVID-19 hotspot after adding another 90 cases. So far Nairobi has reported a total of 835 cases since the disease was first reported in the country.

The new cases are aged between one and 87 years old.

In terms of geographic distribution, the new cases are from Nairobi (90), Mombasa (41), Kiambu (3), Nyeri (2), Uasin Gishu (2) while other counties have reported at least one case.

In terms of Estates Kibra has 35, Lang’ata 15, Makadara 9, Westlands 8, Embakasi Central 6, Embakasi West 5, Mathare 1 and Kamukunji 2.

The new cases are all Kenyans and 87 of them are male while 60 are female.

In the last 24 hours, Kenya has also discharged 13 patients after recovering from the disease. This now brings the number of recoveries to 421

CS Kagwe also revealed that three more patients have succumbed to the disease. The three are from Thika-Kiambu county and two from Mombasa. The CS said that two of the cases had underlying conditions.

In the same briefing, Director general for health Patrick Amoth also said that the active number of cases in the country currently stands at 692. Out of the number three are in critical care.

“If we subtract the number of discharged patients and the fatalities, Kenya now has 692 active cases in 36 different hospitals across the country,” he said

He also revealed that so far 54 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 adding that as at now no health worker has succumbed to the disease.


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.

The disease causes respiratory illness, like the flu with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

To protect yourself, you are required to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact (i.e maintain a social distance of 1 meter or 3 feet) with people.

The national government has also asked Kenyans to put on face masks because this will keep you safe in case an infected person sneezes or coughs beside you. Ensure you put on a face mask whenever in public transport, supermarkets, and open-air markets.