COVID-19: One-year-old baby tests positive as Mombasa cases rise to 26

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during one of the daily coronavirus updates./COURTESY

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mombasa county has risen to 26 more than a week since president Uhuru Kenyatta issued partial lockdown measures that limited movement out of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi counties, and the Nairobi metropolitan region.

This is after three more people tested positive to the virus in Mombasa with the youngest case of an infected person being recorded in a patient aged one-year-old.

The national tally rose now stands at 208  with four of those who tested positive being in Mandera, two in Nairobi and one each in Nakuru and Mombasa counties.

According to the health CS, 15 more people had recovered bringing the total number of recoveries to 40.

One more person succumbed to the virus bringing the total number of those who have died from COVID-19 to nine.

Although the health ministry has admitted that the country is doing relatively well in comparison to the projected number of infections given by the ministry two weeks ago, the health CS has warned that it is too early to celebrate.

According to projections from the ministry of health, the country had expected to have hit 5,000 cases by mid-April, a sharp contrast to the 208 cases that have been recorded two days away from the 15th April date.

This comes more than two days after a KPA employee succumbed to the virus after traveling to Saiya county bringing to three the number of people from Mombasa county who have died from COVID-19.

Globally, 1,874,800 people have been infected with the virus with the US leading at 561,875 cases.