Kenya has recorded a total of 80 new COVID-19 cases raising the number of cases reported in the country to 1109.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing at Afya house, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that the new cases are from a cluster of 3101 samples tested in the last 24 hours and is the highest number to be reported so far.
The CS also said that the country has increased its testing capacity in the last few weeks.
“Over the last three weeks, we have increased testing capacity by more than 40% and we intend to keep this trend” he said
Of the new cases 41 are from Nairobi, 20 from Mombasa, 7 from Siaya and three somali nationals.
In terms of Estates, 13 are from Kibera, Westlands (9), Langata (5), Mvita (6), Kwale (6) and Msambweni (5).
CS Kagwe finally revealed that a 6 month old baby is among the 80 new cases reported putting to rest the misconception that the disease does not affect the young.
CS Kagwe also revealed that a total of 9 patients have been discharged raising the number of recoveries to 375. The number of fatalities from COVID-19 in the country still stands at 50.
The Health CS termed the 7 cases from Siaya as a sad tale saying that the group was given authority by an unscrupulous person to travel.
“The Siaya case is a sad one because it originated from Kibera. Somebody in Kibera authorized mourners to travel to Siaya county when they were not authorized to give such directives yet the mourners themselves were positive.” CS Kagwe said
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.