• The new positives were drawn from the 4,171 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours.
• This brings the country's cumulative total tests to 362,501.
Kenya on Tuesday recorded 497 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country's total to 27,425, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has confirmed.
All the 47 counties have now confirmed cases of infection with the latest being Samburu.
The new positives were drawn from the 4,171 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours.
This brings the country's cumulative total tests to 362,501.
From the new cases, 467 were Kenyans while 30 were foreigners.
Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing, Mwangangi said in terms of gender, 312 were male and 185 were female. Age wise, the youngest was a six-month-old infant while oldest was 80 years old.
Some 372 patients have now recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 13,867.
A total of 315 of those discharged were from the home-based programme, while 57 were discharged from various health facilities.
However, 15 more patients succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 438.
The new cases were distributed in; Nairobi 236,,Kiambu 45, Kajiado 26, Mombasa 19, Machakos 19, Laikipia 18, Trans Nzoia 17, Kisumu 17, Muranga 11, Nandi 11, Nyeri 8, Buaia 8, Bomet 7, Uasin Gishu 5, Kericho 5, Kilifi 5, Nyamira 5, West Pokot 5, Garissa, Kirinyaga, Kisii, Lamu, Meru and Wajir three cases each Nakuru,Embu, Kakamega, Kwale and Turkana had 2 cases each while Marsabit and Makueni had one case each.
Mwangangi said the ball is now squarely in the court of all the 47 counties, to ramp up their level of preparedness, since the local transmission of the virus is now spreading fast.
"With the cases in every village, every town and every county, time has now come for concerted efforts between both the National and County governments, in order to slay this dragon," she said.