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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH AUG 2020-Kenya on Wednesday recorded 379 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country’s total to 31,015, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has confirmed.
This was after a sample of 3,867 was tested in the last 24 hours.
From the new cases, 372 were Kenyans while seven were foreigners. A total of 223 were male and 156 were female.
Some 244 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 17,612.
A total of 168 of those discharged were from the home-based programme, while 76 were discharged from various health facilities.
However, 19 more patients succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities to 506.
A 28 year old with diabetes among fatalities.
The new cases were distributed in Nairobi 219, Kiambu 40, Uasin Gishu 28, Kajiado 14, Machakos 13, Kisumu 10, Mombasa 7, Kericho 6, Baringo 5, Bomet 5, Nandi 4, Nyeri 4, Isiolo 3, Narok 3, Busia, Garissa, Homabay and Kilifi had 2 cases each while Kirinyaga, Kisii, Laikipia, Makueni, Nyamira, Taita Taveta and Trans Nzoia had one case each.
The cases in Nairobi were spread out in Westlands and Starehe having 28 cases each, Embakasi East 21, Makadara 20, Langata 18, Dagoretti North 15, Ruaraka 13, Kibra 12, Kasarani 11, Roysambu 10, Embakasi South and Embakasi West 8 cases each, Dagoretti South, Kamukunji and Mathare had 6 cases each while Embakasi North and Embakasi Central had 5 and 4 cases respectively.
The 40 cases in Kiambu were from Thika 12, Ruiru 11, Kiambaa and Kiambu Town 6 cases each, Githunguri and Juja had 2 cases each while Gatundu South had 1 case.
The CAS reiterated that Kenya is actively participating in vaccine trials. Not just for the coronavirus but other diseases such as HIV and Ebola.