Kenya records 544 new COVID-19 cases as Africa approaches the one million mark

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman. 318 people have tested positive for COVID-19./COURTESY

The number of confirmed COVID-19cases in the country has shot up to 22,597 on Monday.

This is after 544 new cases were recorded in the country with 499 of them being Kenyans.

This is according to the Health Cabinet Administrative Secretary (CAS)  Dr.Rashid Aman who said that 13 people had succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours including the 32-year-old Homabay Nurse.

“Out of the 544 cases 499 are Kenyans while 45 are foreigners,” Aman said while stating that the foreigners who confirmed positive are foreign nationals residing in the country.

Nairobi continued to lead with 412 cases while Kiambu came in second with 27 cases.

Machakos and Kajiado both recorded 17 cases while Garissa recorded 16 new cases.

Mombasa recorded nine new cases with 5 of the cases being recorded in Mvita, three in Nyali, and one case in Kisauni sub-county.

Globally, 18,293,904 cases have been recorded with the virus claiming 693,876 lives. 963,222 of the cases have been recorded in Africa with South Africa which has the highest number of infections worldwide leading at 511,485 cases.