Kenya has recorded 389 new cases of the novel Covid-19 raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 7577.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, the Ministry of Health said the new cases are from a sample of 4,829 tested in the last 24 hours. The country has so far tested a cumulative total of 185,035 samples.
According to to the statement, 266 are males and 123 females with the youngest being a one year old and the oldest 93 years.
In the same time frame, 88 more patients were discharged from various hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,236.
Unfortunately five more patients have succumbed bringing the total of fatalities to 159.
In the statement, CS Kagwe raised an alarm warning that at the current rate of infection in the country , the disease could overrun the country’s healthcare facilities.
“From the statistics, it is indicative that we have lost too many lives already. We cannot afford to lose any more. We, must therefore, as a nation, renew our commitment to observing the containment measures , without which, this disease could very easily overrun our healthcare facilities,” said the CS.
The positive cases are distributed in the following Counties; Nairobi, (248), Kajiado, (36), Kiambu, (27), Mombasa, (23), Busia, (17), Machakos, (10), Migori, (9), Kitui, (6), Makueni, (3), Uasin Gishu, (3), Nakuru, (2), Kilifi, (2), Garissa, (1), Muranga, (1) and Narok, (1) case.
In Nairobi the 248 cases were recorded in the following areas; Dagoretti North, (55), Kibra, (40), Langata, (33), Ruaraka, (17), Westlands, (14), Embakasi East, (13), Makadara, (13), Roysambu, (11), Embakasi South, and Kasarani (8) cases each, Mathare, Starehe, Embakasi Central, and Embakasi West, (7), cases each, Embakasi North (5), and Kamukunji (3).
In Mombasa, the cases are from; Mvita, (9), Nyali (6), Jomvu, (3), Likoni, (2), Kisauni, (2), and Changamwe, one (1) case. In Busia, the cases are from; Teso North, (12) and Matayos, (5), while in Machakos, the 10 cases are in; Athi River, (8), and Matangulu (2).
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.