Kenya records 80 new COVID-19 infections, highest number in one day

An artistical expression of the Coronavirus droplets in a public street./COURTESY

Kenya recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections over the past day in what the health ministry attributed to an increased number of tested samples.

80 people tested positive of the virus out of a sample of 3,102 people that were tested between Wednesday and Thursday, putting the total national tally at 1,109.

Mombasa accounted for 20 of the positive cases, six of which were from Mvita area, while Nairobi recorded 41, health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe, said during the daily briefing in Nairobi.

In other Coastal regions, Kwale and Msambweni recorded six and five infections respectively, while further away, Siaya county recorded seven cases, which Kagwe said had originated from Kibera in Nairobi.

Nine recoveries were reported over the 24-hour period, putting the total recoveries at 375, Kagwe, said.

The death toll remained at 50, with no new fatalities registered over the past one day, said the minister.

So far 52,507 people have been tested countrywide since intervention measures against the virus started.

Kagwe said improved testing capacity will see the number of new infections rise further in the coming days.