Coronavirus Tests in Kenya Up to 100K as Tally Nears 3000 Mark


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(Health CAS Rashid Aman)

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman on Tuesday June 9, announced that that 2,247 coronavirus samples had been tested during the period bringing the total samples tested in the country to 100,683.

Addressing during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House, the CAS also noted that 127 individuals had tested positive for Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 2,989.

124 of the total cases recorded were Kenyans while three were foreigners. Of the new cases, 84 were male and 33 female, with the youngest a 3-week old baby while the oldest aged 72 years old.

24 patients were discharged over the same period after recovering from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 873.
However, three patients succumbed to the disease bringing the total fatalities to 88.

Nairobi County led with 62 cases followed by Mombasa, 32, Busia, 14, Machakos, 4, and Bungoma, 3, with Kwale and Uasin Gishu recording one each.

The cases in Nairobi County were distributed as follows: Kibra 21, Westlands 14, Ruaraka 12, Kamukunji 5, Langata 4, Dagoretti North 3, Makadara 1, Embakasi South 1 and Embakasi West 1
Mombasa cases are from Mvita (8), Nyali (7), Changamwe (6), Jomvu (6), Kisauni (4) and Likoni (3).

Busia’s 14 cases are all truck drivers at the Malaba point of entry. In Kiambu, Thika reported 2 cases while Ruiru and Kikuyu have 1 case each.
Kilifi has two cases reported in Kilifi North, one case in Kilifi South and another in Kaloleni.

Machakos reported 4 cases from Athi River while Uasin Gishu County has one patient from Keses.

The CAS warned that the epidemiological curve was unlikely to slow down, owing to the sharp rise in positive cases on a daily basis.

“Since we recorded our first case in March, our numbers have been swelling and today we are almost getting to the 3,000 mark. According to experts, our epidemiological curve is rising sharply implying that we are likely to record increasing numbers of positives.

“In the first eight days of June, we have registered 900 cases from a pool of 19461 samples. If we go to the first eight days of May, we recorded 225 positives from 8872 samples,” he mentioned.

The CAS further disclosed that stigma undermined efforts of treating the virus and urged Kenyans to embrace their relatives and friends who recover from the disease.

“We must remember at all times that it is the virus which is the enemy and not the person infected,” he stated.

He further urged Kenyans to continue following the directives provided by the state disclosing that the country was still at a critical point of infections surge as hospitals begin to be overwhelmed with patients.

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