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Is Kenya’s Covid-19 curve flattening?

September 14, 2020

By Samuel Ouma

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

Kenya on Monday recorded 48 new Covid-19 cases as the tally rose to 36,205.

The new infections are one of the lowest figures in recent months.

Speaking during Covid-19 daily briefings in Nairobi, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the positive cases were confirmed from 1,081 samples tested within the last 24 hours.

All the new cases were Kenyans with the youngest patient being 12-years-old and the oldest is 75-years-old.

In terms of gender, 31 were males and 17 females.

The cases were distributed in the country as follows: Mombasa (20), Nairobi (15), Tharaka nithi (4), Kilifi (2), Kiambu (2), Meru (2), Machakos (1), Wajir (1), Homa Bay (1).

At the same time, 176 patients have recovered from the respiratory illness, 45 from home care programme, and 131 from various health facilities bringing the number of recoveries to 23,624.

Consequently, 2 more patients succumbed to the new virus increasing the death toll to 624.

The CAS noted that cases in Mombasa and Turkana counties are rising.

"While this might seem like a surge, we have set up a team to find out why that is happening. We ask for the maintenance of social distance. If you have an underlying condition, you may not need to be in a place where social distance is not being maintained," she said.

Dr. Mwangani urged Kenyans to keep on observing the protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health.

"We should not be complacent Covid-19 is still an issue globally and locally. Ministry of Health protocols still stands during political and social gatherings. Personal responsibility is key and no one is being forced to attend meetings," she advised.

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