One-month-old baby among 667 new COVID-19 cases

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

A one-month-old baby is among 667 new COVID-19 cases in what is the youngest case to ever be recorded in the country.

In a media briefing in Nairobi, Cabinet administrative secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said that a total of 667 people tested positive for Coronavirus across the country in the last 24 hours bringing a total number of people who are positive for the disease to 16,268.

Mwangangi said that the 667 are from a total sample of 5,575 tested.

Mombasa registered the third-highest number of infections in the country after Nairobi and Kiambu with 26 cases.

She said that Nairobi recorded 387 cases, Kiambu 40, Lamu four, Machakos 42, Nakuru 15 among others.

The number of males who tested positive is 393, while females are,274.

Mwangangi said that 11 people lost their lives bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 274.

“Unfortunately we have lost 11 patients from this disease, bringing total fatality to 274.”Dr. Mwangangi said.

On a positive note,311 patients recovered whereby 116 patients were from home-based care while 45 were from various hospitals.

Mwangangi insisted that there are no costs for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at government facilities as alleged.

“We maintain that the COVID-19 treatment in public facilities is being handled by those public facilities and there are no costs attributable to that, there are no costs and the cabinet secretary has said several times that there are no costs when it comes to treatment,” Mwangangi said.

“We had to remove this cost implication so that people can feel free to receive care when they need it.”Dr. Mwangangi added.