Mombasa cases on the rise even as country records only 48 new infections

Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi. Seven more people have succumbed to the disease./COURTESY

Only 48 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the lowest number witnessed since June.

Out of the 48, Mombasa which has been witnessing a decline in its infection numbers recorded 20 cases, which is more than 40 percent of the new infections.

Of the new infections 31 are male and 17 female with the youngest being two years old and the oldest 75 years of age.

Two more people succumbed to the disease raising the death toll to 624.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi pointed out open defiance of COVID-19 protocols by Kenyans during political rallies and social gatherings as a hindrance in fighting COVID-19.

According the CAS, many counties that have were recording a downward trend are now witnessing an increase.

“Over the weekend, we saw counties like Mombasa and Turkana, that we had already thought were on a downward trend, beginning to shoot up again with more cases. Whereas it might seem like a surge, we cannot conclusively state so without proper facts. However, our team of experts are closely monitoring the unfolding scenarios and will be sharing our findings in due course,” said CAS Mwangangi.

Over the weekend several leaders including Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga held public meetings in Kajiado and Mombasa respectively with crowds flouting COVID-19 rules set by the MoH.