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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH JULY,2020-The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kenya has risen to 9,448 as 473 more people have tested positive for the virus.
Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe made the announcement in a tour of Kilifi County on Friday, noting that this was a new daily high for Kenya. Four hundred and fifty seven cases of the virus were reported on Thursday.
While touring Kilifi County on Friday, Mr Kagwe reiterated his warning to the public – that the number of infections will continue to increase, especially with the lifting of the movement ban, if the public downplays the disease and disregards measures for preventing its further spread.
CS Kagwe, who has been touring counties to assess their levels of preparedness, also reported that 76 more patients had been discharged, raising the total to 2,734.
The number of fatalities also increased, following the deaths of eight other patients, raising the total to 181.
CS Kagwe began his address by honouring Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki of Nairobi South Hospital, who died of the virus on Thursday night.
She was the first Kenyan doctor to succumb to the virus.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a medical doctor. She contracted the virus while working and was admitted to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi where she passed away,” he said and asked the public to observe a minute of silence in her honour.
In a message on Twitter following the doctor’s death, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) said, “We reiterate and remind GoK and all private health facilities that the welfare, occupational safety and health of frontline workers is a non-negotiable minimum.”
The ministry reported that a total of 292 health workers have been infected with the disease since it was first reported in Kenya in March.
Dr Patrick Amoth, the Health ministry’s acting director-general, said 160 of them were female and 132 male, the reason being that most of the nurses in the country are female.
Dr Amoth also said that out of the active cases of Covid-19 in Kenya, 44 were being treated in intensive care units (ICU).
He said 22 of the patients were on ventilator support and the other 22 on supplemental oxygen.
He also said that Kenya’s fatality was 1.9 per cent as of July 10, compared to a global average of 6.7 per cent.
CS Kagwe also reported that Kenya now has 25 testing laboratories across the country and that 42 out of the 47 counties have confirmed cases of Covid-19.
He said that the capital, Nairobi, remained in the lead with 5,188 cases and that Mombasa followed with 1,720.
Kilifi county was ranked 10th with 71 infections.