COVID-19 cases near 7,000 as 268 more test positive

Written By: Margaret Kalekye
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CAS Dr Rashid Aman

268 people have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the caseload of confirmed cases in the country since March 13 to 6,941.

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Giving the daily briefing at Afya house, Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman warned tough times are ahead as the COVID-19 peak inches closer.

“As of today, the Country has registered close to 7,000 cases. In the past week alone, we have recorded an average of 222 cases per day”, said Dr. Rashid Aman.

Laxity by a majority of our people in adherence to the containment measures has also been blamed for aiding the spread of the virus.

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Out of a sample size of 2,704 tested in the past 24 hours, 259 Kenyans and nine foreigners tested positive (160 males, and 108 females). The youngest is a one-year-old while the oldest is 80.

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Nairobi County has the highest number of the new infections with 175, Mombasa 28, Busia 18, Kiambu 11, Kajiado 9, Migori 9, Uasin Gishu 8, Machakos 6, Narok 2, while Makueni and Muranga have one case each.

The Nairobi cases are distributed in the following estates namely; Dagoretti North 34, Kibra 29, Ruaraka, 24, Langata 21, Embakasi East 12, Westlands 11, Makadara 10, Starehe 7, Kasarani 6, Embakasi South and Embakasi West 5 cases each.

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Others are Embakasi Central 3, Embakasi North 2, Kamukunji 2, Mathare and Roysambu two each.

Mombasa, cases are in; Kisauni 12, Mvita 6, Jomvu 4, Nyali, 3, Changamwe 2  and Likoni has one. Busia 18 cases are in; Teso South 12, Teso North 5, & Matayos 1.

The 11 cases in Kiambu county are in Kiambu Town 7, Ruiru 2, Juja and Thika, one case each.

Fatalities

20 more patients were discharged from various hospitals bringing the number of recoveries so far to 2109

To date, 152 people have succumbed to the virus after three more deaths were reported Thursday.

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There is an increased risk of death from COVID-19 for people with underlying non-communicable diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

According to the Ministry of Health, a majority of those who have died from the virus have more than two underlying medical conditions mainly diabetes and hypertension followed by diabetes alone hypertension and cancer.

In Kenya, about 6.1 million adults live with hypertension representing 24% of the adult population.

The Kenya Health Information System January to March 2020 data from 21 reporting counties on hypertension indicate that a total of 67,465 hypertensive patients were seen and reported.

 

 

 

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