(Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi)
Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi on Monday June 22 announced an increase in coronavirus cases in the country to 4,797, with 59 more individuals testing positive in the past 24 hours from 2,354 samples.
During the daily COVID-19 briefing at Afya House, CAS Mwangangi announced the youngest case being a 7 year old and the oldest a 66 year old. All the 59 cases were Kenyan nationals.
Furthermore 73 patients were discharged after recovering from the virus.
“Unfortunately, we have lost 2 other patients, bringing the total deaths to 125,” she announced.
The latest figures bring the total number of samples tested in the country so far to 142,366.
The new cases recorded on Monday June 22 are a sensational drop from the 260 positive cases announced on Sunday June 21 by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, but CAS Mwangangi was swift to warn Kenyans against letting their guard down in the fight against COVID-19, assuming that the troubles were behind them.
“We are working on a revamped communication strategy to remind Kenyans that the fight is still ongoing. Community transmission continues to be a challenge in the country and just because you are seeing 59 cases today does not mean that the scourge is going down,” she asserted.
She also touched on the issue of the 550 coronavirus positive patients released into the new home based care system and urged Kenyans to help combat the virus by easing the burden arising from the overwhelming of hospitals in the country with COVID-19 patients.
“We are aware that some counties are experiencing an upsurge of asymptomatic patients. The success of the home-based care system will require the participation of each one of us.
“The Ministry of Health (MoH) has adopted an enhanced approach which is centred on communities and the roles they can play in helping to mitigate Covid-19. We have partnered with community healthcare workers and so far 12 million households have been reached ” she explained.
The cases are spread out in Nairobi 28, Mombasa 21, Kilifi 3, Kiambu 2, Machakos 1, Kisii 1, Bungoma 1 and Webuye 1.