The government has warned that Mvita is still a hot spot for COVID-19 despite the fact that the rate of infections is remarkably reducing in Mombasa.
In a media briefing in Nairobi health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that Mombasa cases are reducing apart from the Mvita area where COVID- 19 cases are still surging.
“Especially when we look at Mombasa, Kilifi rate of infections are reducing, we want to tell Mombasa people especially old town, that the curve is going down,48 people are ones reported today in Mombasa,” Kagwe said.
“We urge people in Mvita to follow health guidelines, the rate of infections in Mvita is very high, like now 23 people are positive from Mvita.”He added
He pointed out that if Mvita rate of infections reduces then there will be a ray of hope for Mombasa residents.
“If Mvita rate of infection goes down, Mombasa will be at least a safe haven as compared to yester-weeks.”Kagwe.
In Mombasa, Likoni recorded seven cases, Kisauni two, Nyali five, Jomvu four, and Changamwe two.
In the Coastal counties, Kwale recorded three cases, Lamu two, Kilifi one, and Tana River two.
Elsewhere, Nairobi recorded 436 positive cases while Nakuru recorded 83.
Kagwe said that 16 people have succumbed in the last 24 hours which is one of the highest numbers reported in a day.
This brings a total number of people who have succumbed to COVID 19 to 341.
“On a very sad note, we have also lost,16 patients, bringing the total fatality number to 341,” Kagwe said.
723 people tested positive for COVID-19, from a sample of 8,679.
700 were Kenyans and 23 were foreigners.
In terms of age, people who were positive were between the age of 9 months to 87 years.
450 are male while 273 are female.
On a positive note 44 patients recovered from the disease,24 from home-based care programs while 20 were from various facilities bringing a total of recoveries to 8,165.
The CS dispelled a notion in the society that people who succumb to this disease are old or have underlying conditions, indicating that many young people without underlying conditions are succumbing to the disease.
“People should not assert that if someone is young will not succumb to COVID-19 if we look at people who have succumbed today one is a lady who is a 22-year-old, in Kiambu, there is one who is 37 years old, also in Kiambu there is a young man who is a 28-year-old, another 24-year-old young man succumbed too,” Kagwe said.
“I want people to understand that even young people are succumbing to this disease, these young people who are succumbing to this disease they don’t have any underlying conditions,” Kagwe warned.
Consequently, the government indicated that it has employed protocols that have to be duly observed as the country embarks on international flights soon to avert scenarios of foreign infection of the disease.