19 people die as COVID-19 cases rise past 31,000

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Kenya has confirmed 19 more fatalities in the last 24 hours, pushing its death toll to 506, Health Ministry says – By Gerald Gekara.

While addressing the media, CAS Mercy Mwangangi cautioned Kenyans against laxity in implementing health protocols, owing to the reduced testing capacity that resulted in low caseload.

Kenya has also reported an additional 379 new cases of the coronavirus, after a sample size of 3,867 people.

372 of the new cases were Kenyans, while 7 of them were foreigners.

Nairobi recorded 219 new cases of the virus, Kiambu (40), Uasin Gichu (28), kakamega (14), Machakos (13), Kisumu (10), Mombasa (7), Kericho (6), Bomet and Baringo reporting (5) cases.

Nandi and Nyeri confirmed (4) cases, Kitui and Narok (3), Bungoma, Homabay, Kilifi and Garissa(2) each, while Kirinyaga, Kisii, Laikipia, Makueni Nyamira, Taita Taveta and Transzoia each reporting one case.

244 patients have so far been discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 17,612.

However, 19 patients have succumbed to the virus, with underlying conditions penned as the cause. 18 out of the 19 had either hypertension or diabetes.

Dr. Mwangangi announced that the country is also taking part in studying the virus and its effects. She lauded health professionals for coming together.

“As a country, we continue to collaborate and contribute to key studies and responses. In this regard, we have health professionals coming together to define critical questions we need to answer.”