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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,1ST JULY 2020-307 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya bringing the total to 6,673.
Health CAS Rashid Aman said the latest cases are from 3591 samples tested in the last 24 hours which is out of a total sample size of 173, 355 tested so far.
“Today’s number consists of 289 Kenyans and 18 foreigners: 215 are male, 92 are females,” Dr. Aman said.
According to the Health CAS, the youngest of the new positive cases is 1-year-old while the oldest is 81-years-old.
Nairobi County leads with 154 cases followed by Mombasa with 38; Machakos 33; Kiambu 20; Narok 20; Kajiado 14 and Busia 10.
Others counties that have reported new cases include Kericho (4); Makueni and Nakuru 5 cases each; Kilifi, Kisumu, Kitui and Uasin Gishu 1 case each.
The new infectionbs cases are Distributed in counties and sub-counties is as folows:
- Nairobi: Dagoretti North (34); Kibra (22); Embakasi Central and Lang’ata (18); Starehe (17); Westlands (14); Embakasi South (10); Embakasi West (7); Kamukunji (5); Dagoretti, Makadara and Mathare (2 each); Embakasi Central, Roysambu and Ruaraka (1 each)
- Mombasa: Mvita (22); Likoni (10); Changamwe (5) and Nyali (1)
- Machakos: Athi River (32) and Yatta (1)
- Kiambu: Ruiru (4); Kiambu Town (6); Kabete and Thika (3 each); Kiambaa (2); Juja and Lari (1 each)
- Narok: Narok North (20)
- Kajiado: Kajiado Central (7); Kajiado North (5) and Kajiado East (2)
- Busia: Teso North (6) and Matayos (4)
- Kericho: Ainamoi (4)
- Makueni: Kibwezi East (5)
- Nakuru: Naivasha (3); Nakuru East and Nakuru West (1 each)
- Kilifi: Kilifi North (1)
- Kisumu: Kisumu Central (1)
- Kitui: Kitui Central (1)
- Uasin Gishu: Turbo (1)
One more patient who contracted coronavirus in Kenya succumbed bringing the death-toll to 149.
The Health Ministry further noted that 50 more people have been discharged after full recovery, raising the tally of recoveries in Kenya to 2,089.
“If we act without taking into consideration those balanced measures we could very easily erode the gains that we have made; it is better to be safe than sorry,” Dr. Aman warned.
He reiterated that Kenya was one of the first countries in sub Saharan Africa to take measures to contain coronavirus which helped contain the spread.
Dr. Aman however decried laxity of Kenyans in adhering to containment measures saying this is the reason behind the increase in number of positive cases.
According to him, discussion of reopening the economy is unavoidable but everyone has to take personal responsibility to tame the spread of coronavirus in Kenya.
“Counties are expected to have 300 bed capacity but we must also raise individual compliance with the containment measures,” he said, adding that testing is intensive and costly but the country nw has 28 facilities across the country to conduct the tests.