Kenya’s COVID-19 cases have crossed 40,000 after the country confirmed 271 new cases.
Speaking to the media today, CAS, Dr Rashid Aman said that the new cases came from a sample size of 5,034. That puts today’s positivity rate at 5.4 per cent. This is drop from the last two days, when the country saw 7 and 10 per cent.
Furthermore, the country’s total tested samples now stand at 574,712.
The new cases now take the country’s caseload to 40,178.
Deaths and recoveries
Additionally, there were three more deaths, raising the country’s death toll to 751.
Recoveries, meanwhile, continue to fluctuate wildly, with the country seeing just 51 new recoveries. That raises kenya’s recoveries to 31,710. However, the country’s recovery rate remains high, at 78.9 per cent.
Dr Rashid Aman warned against lowering of guards as COVID cases outside Nairobi began rising.
Cases rising in counties
Dr Aman said that for the past two weeks, the number of infections across the country had taken an unusual pattern. Cases were rising in counties, with increased community infection.
He gave an example of Trans Nzoia county, where the Ministry was announcing todays cases from.
“In the last one week alone, the county (Trans Nzoia) has recorded 67 positive cases. This should be a concern to all people of Trans Nzoia County.” Dr Rashid Aman said.
Lockdown on prisons, institutions
Dr Aman also gave an example of the Nairobi Remand Prison.The Ministry put Nairobi Remand Prison under lockdown due to rising cases on Tuesday. And Dr Aman said that they would resort to such measures should the need arise.
“Counties that have been recording low numbers now have increased numbers,” Dr Aman said, “Effective from Tuesday, we placed Nairobi Remand Prison under lockdown following increased cases and we see similar action being taken on other prisons and institutions should the need arise.”
While indeed, positivity rate is dropping generally, the rate of transmission in individual counties is rising.