Kenya records 102 new cases of COVID19,total now rises to 35,205

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,7TH SEPT,2020-Kenya on Monday recorded 102 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country’s total to 35,205, Health CAS Rashid Aman confirmed.

This was from a sample of 2,668 tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative tests to 477,145.

Aman confirmed that all were Kenyans except nine who were foreigners.

For the first time, the number of males and females testing positive was the same at 51 cases each.

Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing from Afya House, Aman said age wise, the youngest was a one -year-old infant while the oldest was 86 years old.

Nairobi continues to lead in the daily positivity rate, recording 41 cases in the last 24 hours.

Other counties with new cases include; Kitu 11, Kiambu seven, Mombasa six,  Turkana four and Nyeri four.

Another 80 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing  the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 21,310.

A total of 30 of those discharged were from the home-based programme, while 50 were discharged from various health facilities.

The number of fatalities rose to 599 after another two patients succumbed to the virus.

This comes as  doctors  issued a two weeks nationwide strike notice to the government over failure to address their grievances.

The doctors, under the umbrella of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, have been been in talks for the past two weeks but threatened to go on strike should there be no amicable agreement in a fortnight.

“Six months into the pandemic the government is yet to fulfill its pledge on provision of comprehensive medical insurance and compensation for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” KMPDU secretary general Chibanzi Mwachonda said on Monday.

“On the contrary, the incentive of an enhanced Covid-19 allowance has been withdrawn with no commitment or indication of its payment despite the increased risk that all healthcare workers continue to face.”

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