Kenya has recorded its highest daily infection of coronavirus after 497 people tested positive – By Gerald Gekara.
Among the new infections were 41 medics working at Nairobi County’s Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
This was after the Ministry of Health carried out a mass testing exercise for the 260 health workers stationed at the hospital.
The medics were isolated at the hospital’s designated isolation center for those with asymptomatic cases. The startling discovery now adds to Kenya’s tally among health workers, at 450.
In its recent tally, Kenya has so far reported 10,791 cases of the virus, out of 221,234 tests carried out.
Nairobi leads with 292 cases, Kiambu (62), Kajiado (51), Machakos (30), Mombasa (28), Busia (10), Uasin Gichu (8), Nakuru (5), Makueni (3), Narok and Meru (2), while Nyeri, Kakamega, Kericho, Kilifi, and Nandi had one case each.
5 more succumbed to the virus, further raising Kenya’s fatality rate to 202.
The tally of recoveries however rose to 3,017 after 71 people were reported to have recovered.
While noting the escalating number of cases in Nairobi, Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi urged residents to take the regulations seriously.
“Numbers in Nairobi County continue to rise, this is a major concern and the residents of Nairobi must change their behaviour,” said Dr. Mwangangi.
Global confirmed coronavirus cases have passed 13.1 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 573,000 people are known to have died from the virus, while over 7.2 million are known to have recovered.