Mombasa records four new COVID-19 cases as 796 are infected nationally

Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi. The country has recorded 604 more infections./COURTESY

Kenya recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections on Thursday, registering 796 positive cases, and heightening fears over the impact of the recent lifting of containment measures across the country.

The latest figures came out of a sample of 6,754 people tested over the past 24 hours, and pushed the total number of positive cases countrywide to 15,601, out of a total sample of 261,027 tested so far.

Nairobi continued to dominate in the number of positive cases, recording 539 cases while Kiambu, Machakos, and Kajiado filled the top four highest with 63, 57, and 37 positive cases respectively.

Mombasa continued in it’s latest low numbers, recording only four cases, three of which were from Mvita constituency.

Out of the positive numbers which included three foreigners, 503 were male while 293 were female, with the age ranging between one and 87 years old.

In the daily health ministry briefing, 378 recoveries were also recorded over the last 24 hours putting the total recoveries so far at 7,135.

Three people also died of the virus during this period and pushed the total deaths so far at 263.

The soaring number of positive cases has raised concerns with fears that president Uhuru Kenyatta might revert to a lockdown to curb the further spread.