COVID-19: Government lags in testing as 8 more die in new tally

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People observing social distancing as they queue for mass testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus in a Nairobi suburb. (Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images)

Kenya has recorded 245 coronavirus cases, from a sample size of 3,157. The total number of cases in Kenya now stands at 30,365 – By Gerald Gekara.

Health CAS Rashid Aman, who addressed the media in a press briefing announced that 394,566 tests have so far been carried.

The ministry attributed the reduced testing to a decrease in the supply of testing reagents and lab kits.

Nairobi registered a total of (149) cases, Kiambu (23), Kajiado (14), Mombasa (10), Garissa (9), Machakos (9), Nyeri (7), Narok (7), Busia (4), Kilifi (3), Laikipia, Murang’a and Kitui reported (2) cases each. Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Kwale, and Tharaka Nithi all recorded one each.

504 patients had recovered from the virus bringing the total recoveries to 17,160.

8 patients, however, succumbed to the disease bring the total death toll to 482. Five of the eight were reported to have underlying health conditions.

The ministry also raised concerns over the community spread of the Coronavirus. Over 29,000 cases from the caseload, which represents 98%, were local transmissions which meant that the virus was well domiciled in the country.

“Over 29,000 cases in Kenya are communally spread which is equivalent to 98 percent of all cases. We need to be extra careful in adherence to measures, all Counties have COVID-19 cases now,” concluded Dr. Aman.