COVID-19:Cases rise to 81 as 22 more test positive

Health CS Kagwe Mutahi flanked by other officials during Tuesday briefing on COVID-19 status update in the country./COURTESY

22 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the national tally to 81 cases.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 300 people had been tested for the virus, over the last 24 hours, out of which, 13 males and 9 females tested positive for the deadly virus.

“This is the largest number that we have received in a single day, it is also commensurate with the fact that it is the largest number that we have tested also,” said CS Kagwe.

CS Kagwe said 21 out of the 22 cases are people who are currently in quarantine.

“It is lucky that we have found the 21 people in quarantine, because, by now, the 21 would also have passed it on to other people, and one case is in Mombasa Hospital,” said the CS.

Out of the number, 18 are Kenyans, two Pakistanis and two Cameroon Nationals.

The new cases are of residents from Mombasa, Kiambu, Kilifi, Kakamega, Murang’a, Nairobi, Nyamira and Machakos Counties. Mombasa has the highest number at seven.

“These are not people who are in those counties, these are not people who have been tested in those counties and they are not people who have arrived in those counties because they are in quarantine, and they are quarantined as they came through the airports,” cautioned the Health CS.

Brenda Ivy Cherotich and Brian Orinda who have recovered from the virus./COURTESY

The country currently has 81 confirmed cases. Out of this number three have recovered and one died bringing the total number of active cases to 77.

Global numbers stand at 884,075 cases. 44,169 people have died, 185,175 recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of total global cases to 654,731 cases.