Kenya records 713 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths
Kenya has announced 713 new COVID-19 infections, tested from a sample of 5,230 in the last 24 hours.
Speaking during a joint press conference with the Council of Governors, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the total number of confirmed cases in the country have now hit 110,356 cases.
CS Kagwe also announced 12 new fatalities which push the country’s death toll from the virus to 1,898.
The total number of recoveries has risen to 87,903 after 167 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.
The new infections point at a 14% positivity rate, with both the Ministry and CoG urging Kenyans to extra careful as the country navigates through a third wave.
To mitigate and further curb the spread of the virus CoG chairman Governor Martin Wambora urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to issue a 30-day ban on political gatherings.
“We urge Kenyans to be extra vigilant as we deal with the third wave of the virus in the country,”Wambora said.
At the same time, he urged governors across the country to lead by example by ensuring they are inoculated against the virus at their respective counties.
“This Friday, I will be in Embu to lead the inoculation drive and I will be the first person in that county to do so, I urge my colleagues in other counties to do the same,” he added.
So far, 4,000 Kenyans have been innoculated against the disease a week after Kenya got 1.02 million doses of the Oxford Astrazeneneca vaccine.
Appearing before the National Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday, Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said that so far, no adverse effects from the vaccine had been recorded.
Among those who will benefit from the first phase of the vaccines are essential workers who include frontline workers, teachers and police officers.