(Health CAS Rashid Aman)
By Marvin Chege
Health CAS Rashid Aman on Tuesday June 2 announced that 72 more people tested positive for COVID 19 in Kenya out of 2,892 samples tested in the last 24 hours. This now brings the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the country to 2,093.
He spoke during the dadult briefing at Afya House in Nairobi and stated that the total number of samples tested now stands at 82,946.
The number of recoveries continued to grow, with 17 more patients discharged. This brings the total number of recoveries to 499.
Two more patients succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 71.
Nairobi once again led the way in number of cases (39) followed by Busia (13), Mombasa (8), Kajiado (4), Migori (3), Kiambu (2), Garissa (2) and Kisumu (1).
The Nairobi cases were from; Kibra (16), Embakasi South (8), Ruaraka and Westlands (5), Lang’ata (2) Embakasi West, Starehe and Dagoretti North recording one case each.
In Mombasa, the 8 cases were from; Mvita, Kisauni & Changamwe with two cases each, Likoni and Nyali recording a case each. In Kajiado the cases were from Namanga Border Point (3) and Kitengela with a case.
The age range of the cases were as follows: 11 years old for the youngest and 73 years old for the eldest. 22 cases were female and 50 were male.
“Since we started the targeted testing activity, the high numbers that have turned up for testing has helped us to identify, & isolate various epicentres, & deploy appropriate containment measures.” Dr. Rashid Aman noted.
“We are watching Kibra the new epicenter closely. We want to identify the exact clusters before taking further measures once we realize the trigger point has reached. informal settlements present their own challenges that need to be looked into carefully.”
Dr. Aman attributed the spike in cases to the targeted mass testing and urged Kenyans to continue observing the necessary measures to contain the spread.
He further added that the numbers witnessd from targeted testing confirmed that the virus was firmly established within the community & no Kenyan is safe from contracting the virus.
“We therefore need each other to defeat this disease by adhering to the containment measures.”