Kenya COVID-19 cases hit 6,190 as 120 test positive

Written By: Claire Wanja
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120 people have tested positive for COVID-19 from 2,221 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

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The total case load in the country now stands at 6,190 from 167,417 samples. Health CAS Rashid Aman says all the cases, except five are Kenyans with 84 being males, while 36 are females. The youngest is a six (6) year old child, and the oldest is 83.

” The numbers that we have been providing may appear depressing, and indeed they are. For instance, as of yesterday, 6,070 people, had been confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. Out this, 5,538 cases are local transmissions, which accounts for 91% of the total case load, with the bulk of infections recorded in Mombasa and Nairobi City Counties. These same counties have the highest attack rates of COVID-19, at 119.6 and 68.9 per 100,000 population respectively, when compared to 12.8 per 100,000 for the whole country.” Said Dr Aman

” Out of the 41 counties that have reported cases, Nairobi still leads with 3,031, followed by Mombasa at 1,445. Busia, which has become a high risk county due to cross-border truck drivers is third with 407. The situation of Kajiado with 242 cases, is similar to that of Busia, due to the effect of Namanga Border Point. Kiambu then follows with 222 cases. Most of the remaining 36 counties have cases below 100. “He added.

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He said the numbers suggest that it is only a matter of time before all the counties record a COVID-19 case.

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“This  should not make us panic. It should strengthen our people to strictly adhere to the containment measures, so  as to prevent widespread infections within the counties. ” Said Aman

The new cases are distributed in the counties of Nairobi 67, Mombasa 17, Kajiado 9, Machakos 9, Kiambu 8, Uasin Gishu 4, Nakuru 2, Kilifi, 2, and Narok 2.Nairobi has 67 cases in Westlands 12, Dagoretti North and Langata 11 each, Kibra 6, Makadara and Starehe 4 each, Kamukunji 3, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East, Embakasi North, Embakasi South, Embakasi West and Mathare 2 each, Kasarani, Roysambu, Ruaraka, and Umoja, have 1 case each.

Mombasa cases are in Mvita (6), Jomvu (5), Changamwe, Kisauni and Likoni, (2) cases each.

Kajiado, cases are in, Loitokitok, (6), and Kajiado North, (3).

Machakos, cases are in Athi River (4), Machakos Town, (3) and Matungulu (2).

Kiambu, cases are in Juja (3), Gatundu South, Githunguri, Kabete, Kikuyu and Limuru, have (1) case each.

Uasin Gishu, cases are in, Ainabkoi (2), Kapseret and Turbo, (1) case each.

Nakuru, has (2) cases in Naivasha and Narok has )2) cases in Narok North.

One more person succumbed to the diseased raising the death toll to 144 while 42 people have been discharged bringing to 2,013 total recoveries.

He said that the Coronavirus pandemic has continued to cause unprecedented problems across the globe, not only overburdening health care systems, with a large number of fatalities, but also massive job losses that have destabilized family units. The current global disease burden is 9,962,193, with 498,723 deaths.

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“These global statistics demonstrate that the situation is not only unique to Kenya. This however, should not give us a false sense of security that we are not the only ones affected. This would be irrational. Nonetheless, I am confident, that while this may be one of the greatest health crisis facing our Nation, our resilience and the never-say-die spirit will make us overcome this, just like we have done with similar challenging situations in the past.” He noted

He said as a Ministry, the intervention and containment responses have been informed by lessons from other disease outbreaks in the past. The main goals of the COVID-19 response have been to; Accelerate our level of preparedness, to help contain the spread of the epidemic, and facilitate care for those affected; To support research priorities, and to learn from the current pandemic response, to better prepare for future epidemics.

He noted that in the area of research, there has been accelerated efforts to develop diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19.

“Our scientists and public health professionals have been working to enhance the current level of knowledge about the virus, focusing on the following key areas; 1. Local characterization of the pandemic, to determine; who are affected, where and how. 2. Understanding the disease spectrum and characterization of the outcomes; who are asymptomatic, who are developing symptoms and by severity of symptoms, and fatalities. 3. Interventions implemented, their level of success, and the extent to which they have contributed to successful containment of the pandemic, reducing the morbidity and mortality of Covid-19. “He said.

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He said even though COVID-19 is a new virus, it’s transmission and management may not be entirely unique. He cited experiences from SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV responses, have helped in building capacity in managing Covid-19.

“We have also leveraged on the successful interventions developed, and implemented for the control and management of other infectious diseases, like HIV and Tuberculosis.”

He said the Ministry of Health, through Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), has been on the lead on all local and international collaborative COVID-19 researches saying the Ministry has been scientifically tracking all affected and exposed people in the country, and developing a knowledge-base that has led to developing COVID-19 testing strategies, management protocols and pandemic containment efforts.

Interventions for COVID-19 containment, prevention and management continue to be guided by the highest standards of evidence available, both locally and globally he added.

“However, until the outcomes of the researches being carried out are made available, we continue to urge our people to strictly adhere to the containment measures we have advised; maintaining social and physical distance, wearing of face masks in public places, washing of hands with soap and running water, avoiding all public and social gatherings, among others.”

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