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Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi

Fear as Covid-19 cases in Kenya cross 15,000 mark

July 24, 2020

By Samuel Ouma

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi
Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi

Kenyans are reeling in shock following the rising in the confirmed numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country.

First few months after the novel virus was reported in the African country, a whopping percentage of Kenyans dismissed the existence of the virus. Some went ahead and accused the government of cooking figures to attract foreign aids.

Recently, Kenya has witnessed a rise in the cases sending her citizens to a panic mode.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 793 new cases bringing the country’s tally to 15,601.

The latest figures are the highest number recorded in a single day since March 13 when the first case was reported.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the new cases were drawn from 6,754 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

Out of the positive cases, 793 were Kenyans and 3 foreigners.

Age wise, the youngest patient is one- year-old and the oldest is 87 years out of which 593 were males and 293 are females.

The cases were spread across the country as follows: Nairobi (539) Kiambu (63), Kajiado (37). Machakos (57), Migori (26), Kericho (15) ,Narok (11), Uasin Gishu (11), Nakuru (7), Busia (6), Mombasa (4), Kisii (3), Murang’a (2), Laikipia (9), Siaya (2), Embu, Kisumu, Nyeri and Transzoia have (1) case each.

The CAS revealed that 378 have recovered with 199 of the new recoveries are people who were under home-based care system and 179 were in various hospitals.

Total number of recoveries now stands at 7,138.

Three more people have succumbed to the disease raising the number of deaths to 263.

After the daily press briefing on the virus by the Ministry of Health a section of Kenyans took it to social media pleading with their colleagues to take caution by adhering to guidelines imposed by the government.

“Imagine thinking that you’re tough to follow health guidelines, is it really worth the risk? .The fact is the pandemic is still at the peak, it is a social responsibility to regulate yourself!” noted Raila Odinga Junior, son to the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

“With the rising confirmed cases, let us accept that Kenyans have developed weird rebellious culture. Government needs to take the best steps and decisions however painful they maybe to protect its people from COVID-19 pawn,” said Mwika Roy.

Some could not hide their fear.

“These covid19 numbers are beginning to get scary,” said Sewe Paul.

“Today the news is not any better. Today is the day we’ve recorded the highest number of positive cases since this pandemic struck,” posted Mzalendo Watch.

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