Kenya’s COVID-19 hit 23,878 after 671 test positive

Written By: Muraya Kamunde

The Ministry of Health has announced 671 more COVID-19 cases raising the tally to 23,878 in the country.

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The new cases announced by Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe come from a sample size of 6200 that were taken for testing.

Out of the 671, 633 are Kenyans while 38 are foreign nationals.

In terms of age, the youngest is a three-year-old while the oldest is 94 years.

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The country has lost three patients due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities to 391.

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On a good note, 603 patients have recovered from various health facilities in the country bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,930.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe at the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital to officially open the Infectious Disease Unit (IDU) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

The Kenyatta University and Referral Hospital has installed a 650-bed capacity. Out that, 60 beds will be used for ICU and HDU.

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Out of the 650, 476 beds will be used for isolation. The institution has also allocated two blocks for COVID-19 with a total of 440 beds.

The CS appealed to County Governments to continue with the upscaling of their level of preparedness to fight the virus.

“It is worthy to note that the progress here is not isolated. In all the facilities managed by the National Government, there has been tremendous improvement,” CS Kagwe said.

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“With Nairobi being the epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for 60% of positive cases, the increased capacity here at KUTRRH comes in handy to tackle the virus infection,” he said.

CS Kagwe called on Kenyans to take individual responsibility and staying as safe as possible from the virus.

“When you wear your face mask, you slow the spread of the disease so that our health system is not overwhelmed,” Kagwe said.


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