DISASTER: One Year Old Tests Positive For COVID19, As Numbers Surge Past 50K


Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, address county executives for health at Whitesands Hotel in this picture taken on Oct 29, 2020. PHOTO/DAILY NATION

BREAKING|SHIFTMEDIA| Nairobi, Kenya: The Covid-19 caseload in Kenya has risen to 56,601 after 724 new cases were reordered in the last 24 hours, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said on Monday.

According to Daily Nation, the new patients were found following the testing of 5,085 samples, raising the total number tested in Kenya so far to 704,615. The youngest of the patients was a year old and the oldest 84.

The CS has also announced that 248 patients had recovered from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. Of this number, 178 were from home-based care while 70 were discharged from various hospitals across the country. The 248 recoveries raised the country’s total to 37,442.

Mr Kagwe further said 14 people had succumbed to the disease in the same period, bringing the total number fatalities in the country to 1,027.

He also noted a “sharp increase in the positivity rate”, which he placed at 14.2 per cent, and termed the last week as the worst in Kenya’s Covid-19 history, noting that close to 100 deaths were recorded.

“We need to rethink measures taken [to curb the virus in terms of] what to escalate and de-escalate. We urge citizens to take responsibility … sacrifices have to be made and there has to be strict adherence to measures to curtail further spread of the virus,” he said.

He added, however, “We are not overwhelmed but Aga khan and MP Shah hospitals in Nairobi may be because they have a lesser capacity than public hospitals.”

The minister said each county will treat its own patients and that none of them will be moved from one part of the country to another.

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