Kenya has smashed a new record in the number of coronavirus cases daily with 213 more people testing positive for COVID-19 following the testing of 6,024 samples, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 4,257.
In a press briefing on Thursday June 18, Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman announced 10 more patients have succumbed to the coronavirus disease, raising the number of fatalities recorded so far in the country to 117.
He further announced that 106 more patients had been discharged after fully recovering from the the disease raising the number of recoveries to 1,259.
Nairobi led with 136 cases, followed by Mombasa (32) Kajaido (13), Kiambu (7), Busia (5) Nakuru (4) Machakos (4), Garissa (3), Isiolo (3), Taita Taveta (2), with Kitui, Migori, Narok and Embu having one case each.
“Nairobi continues to be an epicentre. We have to ask ourselves whether it is because containment measures are not being adhered to… We need to go back to what we have stopped doing…We are appealing to all to be vigilant.” urged Dr. Aman.
Nairobi’s 136 cases were spread as follows: Dagoretti North with 26, Westlands 25, Kamukunji 17, Kibra 13, Makadara 11, Starehe 8, Langata 9, Kasarani 6, Embakasi East 4, Embakasi North 3, Ruaraka 3 and Embakasi Central 1.
Mombasa had Mvita with 20 cases, Likoni and Kisauni 5 cases each and Changamwe with 2.
“In the last few days, our numbers have risen, generating anxiety and panic among Kenyans. The possibility of one getting infected is real as the virus is well entrenched in our community. It is possible to curb the virus if we adhere to stipulated measures.
“It is evident that the cases in Westlands, Kibra, Langata and Embakasi in Nairobi are rising. This is a critical issue and residents of these estates should soul search on why the numbers are rising. Something is not right. They have to rectify this lest it spirals out of control,” Aman warned.
Whilst he pointed out that Kenyans were assuming the effects of COVID-19, he warned truck drivers against complacency.
“In the past several weeks’ people have become relaxed in adhering to Covid-19 measures and are living as if life is back to normal. Our border points, Taveta, Busia and Namanga are also alarming. The positive numbers are from truck drivers who pose a serious risk to the spread of the virus. I want to remind truck drivers to test 48 hours before commencing their journey,” he added.
He also encouraged employers to advise their staff and those visiting their premises to observe containment measures.