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BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,9TH AUG 2020-Kenya on Sunday recorded 599 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country’s total to 26,436, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed.The new positives were drawn from the 4,420 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours.
This brings the country’s cumulative total tests to 353,727.
From the new cases, 593 were Kenyans while six were foreigners.Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing from Kisumu county, Kagwe said in terms of gender, 373 were male and 326 were female. Age wise, the youngest was a one year old infant while oldest was 82 years old.
Some 1,062 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 12,961.983 of those discharged were from the home-based program while 79 were discharged from various health facilities.
However, two more patients succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 420.
In terms of counties the new cases were distributed in Nairobi 318, Kiambu 70, Nakuru 39, Machakos 38, Mombasa 28, Kajiado 26, Kericho 14, Isiolo 10, Kisii 9, Kakamega 6, Makueni 5, Kisumu 4, Kitui 4, Murangá 4, Narok 3, Nyandarua 3, Nyeri 3, Kilifi 3, Meru 2, Busia 2, Siaya 1, Trans Nzoia 1, and Wajir 1, Bomet 1, Garissa 1, Marsabit 1,Nandi 1 and Nyamira 1.
In Nairobi the 318 cases were from Westlands 56, Langáta 37, Embakasi South 31, Embakasi East 28, Kasarani 23, Dagoretti North 21, Embakasi West 19, Makadara 19, Roysambu 14, Ruaraka 14, Embakasi North 11, Embakasi Central 10, Starehe 10, Kibra 9, Kamukunji 7, Dagoretti South 5, and Mathare 4.
He said stigmatization has pushed relatives of deceased to force doctors into manipulating death reports.
He urged health officials to initiate posthumous testing, where and when there is a difference in opinion regarding the cause of death.
“Please enable the bereaved and grieving families to have proper closure following deaths of their loved ones, by carrying out posthumous testing for Covid-19,” he said.
Further, the CS said counties must procure and distribute proper Personal Protective Equipment PPEs for their health workers.
He cautioned that there is a rise in low quality face masks being distributed in health facilities.