COVID-19 in Kenya: 59 more people test positive, total rises to 4,797

COVID-19 in Kenya: 59 more people test positive, total rises to 4,797

59 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kenya bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4,797.

Health CAS  Mercy Mwangangi said all of the new cases are Kenyans: 47 are male and 12 are female.

She said the latest cases are from 2,354 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours.

Total cumulative samples tested now stands at 142,366.

Age distribution of the new cases is between 7 to 67 years: 47 are males and 12 are females.

73 more people have however been discharged bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,682.

Two others succumbed to the COVID-19 disease in the last 24 hours raising the death toll to 125.

The cases are spread out in Nairobi 28, Mombasa 21, Kilifi 3, Kiambu 2, Machakos 2, Kisii 1, Bungoma 1 and Webuye 1.

Nairobi cases are from Dagoretti North 7; Kibra 5; Embakasi East 4; Embakasi North 3;Westlands 3; Embakasi West 2; Embakasi Central 2; Roysambu 1 and Makadara 1.

In Mombasa, the 21 cases are in Kisauni 8; Likoni 5; Mvita 3; Nyali 2; Changamwe 2 and Jomvu 1.

In Kilifi, the 3 cases are from Kaloleni, Kilifi North & Kilifi South.

Kiambu has 2 cases are from Kiambaa and Thika while Machakos has one case in Athi River.

Kisii has one case in Bobasi, Bungoma one case in Webuye and Uasin Gishu one case in Turbo.

Dr. Mwangangi said the Health Ministry is working closely with various community based groups such as non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, to continue educating people on how to contain the spread of the virus.

“This approach has also been complemented by over 59,000 trained Community Health Volunteers, who have been deployed in all the 47 counties, & have so far been able to reach over 12 million households,” she said during the briefing on Monday.

According to the Health CAS, counties such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Busia and Kajiado have been experiencing an upsurge of infections, with majority being asymptomatic, hence the need to roll out this home-based program.