Kenya has confirmed a total of 45 new cases of the novel COVID-19 bringing the number of cases in the country to 535.
Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday said that the 45 are from 1077 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
Out of the new cases, 29 are from Nairobi, 11 are from Mombasa, Five from Wajir. Out of the five cases in Wajir one is a foreign national.
30 of the new cases are males while 15 are females.
All the 29 Nairobi cases are from Eastleigh area who were tested during the mass testing exercise in the area.
The CS further revealed that Kenya has discharged a total of nine new patients bringing the total number of recoveries to 182.
The CS urged Kenyans to observe the directives put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 saying that the disease is very severe.
“This is the highest number we have recorded since the first day the disease was reported in the country. And currently Eastleigh is an area of concern. Just yesterday they recorded a total of 29 new cases. The area now has 63 new cases while Kawangware which is also an area of concern has 24. I urge Kenyans to understand that we are still in danger and we need to observe these directives seriously if we want to beat it.Things are not normal … today’s figure is a demonstration of just how far from normal things are.” he said
CS Kagwe further asked Kenyans to stop operating normally insisting that the traffic jams being witnessed in the country are a fact that Kenyan are going back to normal operations.
“Those who were asked to work from home should continue to do so. Traffic jams being witnessed mean that there are people moving around when they are not supposed to.” he added
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.