COVID-19: Kenya Cases hit 22,000 as Nurses union plans nationwide strike

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Kenya’s total positive cases have spiked to 22,053 after a total of 690 people tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours – By Gerald Gekara.

This announcement comes amid plans by the Kenya National Union of Nurses to down tools following unpaid salaries.

Through their chairman, Seth Panyako, the nurses have cried foul over pending salaries, demanding the government to honor its commitment to pay their dues.

In the recent coronavirus tally, 681 are Kenyans, while 9 of the infected were foreigners.

The Youngest case is a 6 month-old infant while the oldest is 83 years old. In terms of gender distribution, 492 males &198 females.

Nairobi had the highest cases, recording (535) , Kiambu (56), Kajiado (28), Nyeri (24), Busia (9), Machakos (7), Nakuru (6), Kisumu (6), Embu (4), Garissa (4), with Laikipia and Narok recording (3) cases each. Meru, Mombasa, Nyandarua, Bungoma, Kwale have 1 case each.

58 patients have been discharged from various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 8,477. However, Kenya lost 5 more patients, raising its fatality to 369.

The Ministry of Health has not commented on the looming strike by nurses.

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