Kenya records 440 new COVID19 cases,total number stands at 17,975

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,27TH JULY,2020-Kenya on Monday recorded 440 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country’s total  to 17,975 .

The new positives were drawn from the 3,197 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours, out of which all except three were Kenyans.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a statement said in terms of gender, 286 were males and 154 were females. Age wise, the youngest was a one year old infant , while the oldest was 84 years.

On a positive note, 90 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing  the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 7,833.

However, five more patients succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 285.

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta after chairing a meeting with governors on the Covid-19 status in the country on Monday said, the relatively low fatality rate in the country could be giving Kenyans false comfort.

He reiterated that  the government will not police the morality of its citizens.

“We cannot have a policeman in every street, village and home to enforce the laws. We need citizens to hold each other accountable,” he said.

The fifth extraordinary session of the National and County governments Co-ordinating Summit programme kicked-off at around 11am with a Statutory Citation by the Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa.

At around 11.50 am, Kagwe gave a brief on the Covid-19 situation in the country, considering the disease situation 21 days after lifting the cessation of movement restrictions.

Kenyans had eagerly waited for the outcome of the extraordinary summit on how to contain the coronavirus spread.

Earlier, governors had ruled out a lockdown among proposals they intended to present to the President during their meeting.

The meeting followed concerns of a surge in Covid-19 infections.

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