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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,4TH AUG 2020-Kenya on Tuesday recorded 605 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country’s total to 23,202, Health CAS Rashid Aman has confirmed.
The new positives were drawn from the 4,547 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours.
This brings the country’s cumulative total tests to 322,923.
From the new cases, 582 were Kenyans while 27 were foreigners.
Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing, Aman said in terms of gender, 401 were male and 204 were female. Age wise, the youngest was a one year old infant while oldest was 99 years old.
On a positive note, 587 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 9,327.
However, 6 more patients succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 388.
Nairobi continues to lead with 373 cases, Kiambu 35, Migori 25, Busia 20, Narok 20, Kajiado 16, Laikipia 16, Nakuru 15, Kakamega12, Uasin Gishu 11, Machakos 10, Mombasa 9, Samburu 8, Turukana 7, Murang’a 5, Kericho 5, Taita Taveta 3, Nyeri 2, Makueni 2, , Kilifi 2, Kisumu 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 2 , Bungoma 1, Isiolo 1, Kitui 1, Meru 1, and Siaya 1.
The CAS noted that many Kenyans fail to wear face masks in market areas putting themselves at risk of infection.
“We must wear masks and we must wear them properly,” he said.
Aman said surgical masks are not supposed to be worn more than a day. He called for proper disposal of the used masks as well as emptied hand sanitizer bottles.
He said the ministry is concerned by the pile of discarded masks by the road sides, on side walks, in railway stations, parks, markets, construction sites and bus stations.
“They are not normal waste. Viruses and germs may remain in such discarded masks for long period of masks. Such waste must be collected, treated and disposed properly.” he said.