Kenya records 8,528 cases as 278 test positive for COVID-19

Written By: Christine Muchira

The US remains by far the worst hit in terms of numbers, with more than 6.6 million confirmed infections, and over 197,000 deaths.

278 people have tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 3,053 run over the last 24 hours.

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This now brings the total number of case load in the country to 8,528, from a total of 196,508 samples tested so far.

Speaking during while he toured Makueni County to assess the level of COVID -19 preparedness Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that 89 patients have been discharged from various hospitals, bringing to 2,593 the total number of recoveries.

“We have lost two patients to the disease, bringing our fatality to 169. Our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends who have lost their loved ones,” said Kagwe.

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CS Kagwe said that the virus was well established at the community level noting that all counties, except 5, have reported cases of COVID-19. Total number of infections in Makueni places the county at number 12 overall.

Makueni County has met the 300 bed isolation capacity in line with the directives by the President.

Mutahi lauded county’s level of preparedness in combating the virus, noting that “alongside this isolation facility capacity are  two ICU and 20 HDU beds, plus two quarantine facilities,” said CS Kagwe

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Adding that, ” I am impressed by the level of preparedness by most areas visited. Makueni County, in particular, has been extremely organized, and has demonstrated a high standard of readiness CS Health.

252 healthcare personnel of all cadres have been hired for Makueni County, to boost human resource capacity, while the process of hiring another 110 is on-going.

The cabinet secretary further lauded healthcare workers for their dedication and commitment to duty.

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CS Kagwe has also called on Kenyans to take individual responsible to avoid inter-county spread of COVID-19.

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