COVID-19

Kenya records 213 new virus cases as five more die

241 more patients have recovered from the disease

In Summary

• Another 241 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 19,296.

•However, Uhuru announced that five more patients have succumbed to the virus bringing to 564 the number of fatalities in the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Kenya recorded 213 more cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, raising the country's total to 33,016 President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.

This was from a sample of 4,017 tested in the last 24 hours. 

Another 241 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 19,296.

 
 

However, Uhuru announced that five more patients have succumbed to the virus bringing to 564 the number of fatalities in the country.

 
 
 

He urged Kenyans to continue observing all guidelines by the Ministry of Health.

Speaking during his eleventh presidential address on Coronavirus, Uhuru noted that the country's infections have gotten to a manageable level.

"Hotspots like Mombasa and Nairobi have begun to stabilize. Health experts have indicated that levels of positivity has fallen from a high of 13 per cent in June to eight per cent in August. This means we have a chance of reaching a five per cent  positivity rate for a total reopening of our economy," he said.

A statement by the mnistry of health indicates that the 213 cases on Wednesday were distributed in Nairobi 101, Mombasa 19, Busia 17, Kiambu 12, Machakos 8, Kajiado 7, Isiolo 5, Kericho 6, Meru 5, Bomet 4, Samburu 3, Bungoma 3, Kilifi 3, Kirinyaga 3, Kisii 3, Kisumu, Murang'a, Lamu, Nakuru and Makueni had  2 cases each while Narok, Kwale, Tana River and Uasin Gishu had 1 case each.

Uhuru noted that as much as the positivity rate has fallen, the virus is rapidly spreading to the counties.

He therefore directed that the Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe, jointly with the Chairperson of Council of Governors, Wycliffe Oparanya to constitute a National Reference Group on Covid-19, to review the efficacy of counties response so far.

"The Group should formulate strategies to identify institutional weaknesses within healthcare system at both tiers; recommend ways to increase the representation of the County Governments in the Boards of Healthcare Agencies; and recommend ways in which our national responses to healthcare emergencies can be improved," he said.