Kenya confirms 137 new Covid-19 cases

By Samuel Ouma

A public health worker takes details from a man volunteering to be tested for COVID-19 in the bustling Kawangware market in Nairobi. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

The total number of Coronavirus infections in Kenya has jumped from 3, 457 to 3,594 after 137 tested positive for the novel virus in the last 24 hours.

Speaking during daily Covid-19 briefings in Nyeri, Central of Kenya on Sunday, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe reiterated that the new cases were confirmed from 3,167 samples analyzed across the country.

Nairobi produced the highest number of cases as it had 92 followed by Mombasa (16), Kajiado (15), Busia and Kiambu, four cases each, Kilifi, Nakuru, Nyamira, Uasin Gishu, Siaya and Muranga, have one case each.

Kagwe noted that 32 patients have tested negative for the disease bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,253.

On a negative note, 3 other patients were reported to have died raising the death toll to 103.

The CS pleaded with those suffering from Non-Communicable Diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes to adhere to containment measures and follow strictly medical experts’ directions saying they are the most susceptible to the respiratory disease.

He revealed that one in every three Covid-19 related deaths are people with non-communicable diseases.

“Non-Communicable Diseases have the potential of driving a household into poverty, and can reduce family incomes by 30%,” he said.

So far the country has tested 115, 336 samples.

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