COVID-19 cases in Kilifi hit 71

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and the Kilifi governor Amason Kingi on Friday PHOTO COURTESY

COVID-19 cases confirmed in Kilifi county currently stand at 71.

This is after three more people tested positive to the deadly virus over the last 24 hours with the Kilifi governor Amason Kingi blaming it on laxity among residents.

It emerged that 473 people tested positive bringing a total of people who have tested positive to 9,448  whereby 42 counties have at least had a case.

He said that Nairobi leads with 5,188 positive cases followed by Mombasa with 1,720 and Kilifi county ranked 10th nationally  with 71 cases

Kagwe said that 76 people have been discharged bringing a total of people who have been discharged to 2,734

Kagwe said that eight people who succumbed in the last 24hours bringing the total number of people who have succumbed to the virus to 181.

The ministry indicated that 44 patients are in the ICU with 22 on ventilator support and the rest on supplemental oxygen.

Governor Kingi warned about the surge of cases not only in the coastal region but nationally urging Kenyans to follow the ministry of health guidelines to avert an imminent crisis.

The government has added that Kenyans’ lives will not be endangered during the search for the new vaccine by Kenya Medical Research Institute.

Health Cabinet secretary, Mutahi Kagwe said that duly procedures will be followed to make sure that high safety standards are upheld during the bid to discover the vaccine.

“If a vaccine is going to be found, it will be found in Kilifi. There will proper procedures, safety will be paramount, we will not use individuals on  something which we are not sure about.”Kagwe said

The CS warned that all Kenya intellectual standards will be shielded during the process of discovering the vaccine to avert scenarios, where the intellectual property might be taken away and owned by other parties who are not the originators of such properties.

” If u do, KEMRI makes our intellectual property here, I would like to urge Dr. Kombe CEO  of KEMRI to ensure that intellectual property to be taken away.”Kagwe said