Kenya COVID-19 numbers inch closer to 45,000 as 685 more test positive

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily COVID-19 briefing./COURTESY

Kenya’s COVID-19 infections rose to 44,881 on Sunday after 685 more people tested positive for the disease.

The 685 were from a sample size of 4,912 tested in the last 24 hours.

“This is a positivity rate of 12%, up from around 4% when we relaxed containment measures,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

CS Kagwe, who was speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefings, said the number of infections was rising because people were not following the guidelines set-up by the Ministry of Health to mitigate the spread of the virus, he also pointed out that increase in entertainment activities among the youth was also a factor.

“I hear they are now doing Jerusalem, once Jerusalema gets in, all the measures go out. Can you do Jerusalema keeping social distances. Nobody is stopping people from dancing but at least you can dance keeping social distance. I am told it is not an intimate dance,” said CS Kagwe.

The country now has 44,881 number of confirmed positive cases from 621,976 cumulative tests.

From the new cases, 635 are Kenyans while 50 are foreigners. In terms of gender 456 are males and 229 females. The youngest is a one-year old baby while the oldest is 99 years.

Coast region recorded 102 new cases; 73 from Mombasa, 18 from Kilifi, 9 from Taita Taveta and two from Kwale.

Nairobi had the highest share of the new infections registered 141 cases followed by Nakuru’s 127 with Mombasa coming third.

105 people have recovered from the disease, 73 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 32 have been discharged from various hospitals. Total recoveries now stand at 31,857.

“We have lost 7 patients to the disease bringing the fatality to 832. Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones,” said the CS.