447 cases of COVID-19 recorded in highest daily record so far

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

Kenya recorded 447 positive cases of the COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest single daily toll since the virus was first reported.

The positive cases came from a sample of 3,803 people tested over the last one day and put the total number of positive cases countrywide at 8,975, health CS Mutahi Kagwe, said in Mombasa.

280 of the positive cases were male while 167 were female, and ranged from the age of one to 88 years old.

Over the same 24 hour duration, the virus killed four more people, putting the total death toll across the country at 173, Kagwe, said.

64 patients were discharged after full recovery and increased the total number of recoveries so far to 2,657.

So far 200,311 samples have been tested across the country with Mombasa accounting for 24,000 of the samples.

Kagwe did not give a breakdown of the positive infections per county as is usually the norm but said Mombasa had accounted for 14 out of the positive cases in the last 24 hours.

He said 738 out of the total recoveries were from Mombasa while 335 were on home-based care within the county.

“I commend the county of Mombasa for setting the bar in as far as response to the virus is concerned,” Kagwe said.

With 442 COVID-19 isolation beds, Mombasa is leading and is one of the few counties that achieved the presidential threshold of having at least 300 isolation beds per county.

Of the total number of positive cases countrywide, Mombasa has 1,663 active cases, Kagwe said.

The number of positive cases in the country continues to rise with fears that it may rise further and faster following the lifting of containment measures by president Uhuru Kenyatta earlier this week.