260 new COVID-19 cases confirmed as over 550 are discharged for home-based care

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

Kenya COVID-19 infections rose to 4,738 on Sunday after 260 more people tested positive for the disease.

While giving the daily COVID-19 status update at Afya House in Nairobi, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the 260 were from a sample of 3,651 tested in the last 24 hours.

“Out of the 260 positive cases, 254 are Kenyans & 6 are foreigners, while, 176 are men and 84 are females. The youngest case is a 7 month old infant, and the oldest is 90 years,” said CS Kagwe.

“Cumulatively, 140,012 samples have been tests so far,” he added.

Nairobi had the highest number of new infections with 157 cases. Mombasa came in second with 42 cases followed by Kwale’s 15 cases.

Kiambu had 14 cases, Machakos nine, Kajiado seven while Migori, Nakuru and Busia had three cases each. Homa Bay recorded two cases, with Kilifi, Kisumu, Kakamega, Kisii and Laikipia recording one case each.

Meanwhile, more than 550 COVID-19 patients in Mombasa and Nairobi who were admitted at Coast General and Kenyatta University Hospitals have been discharged from the facilities and will be receiving home-based care.

CS Kagwe said those discharged are asymptomatic and can receive care from home.

“It is evident that COVID-19 will be with us longer & it will stretch our healthcare system, it is now our personal responsibility to ensure we observe the containment measures to fight the disease,” said the Health CS.

The CS added that, as directed by the president during his address on 6th June, Counties are also adding isolation bed capacities to help in the mitigation and treatment of the disease.

“Our systems are now much better, but we are still learning. COVID-19 has badly impacted our economy including loss of jobs. But the government has made much effort to contain it. By next week each county will have at least 300 isolation bed capacity,” added the CS.