Kenya recorded a record high number of COVID cases in weeks as 244 more people tested positive for the virus.
In Today’s briefing, Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, said that the new samples came from a sample size of 3,707. This is a positivity rate of 6.5 per cent.
The new figures raised Kenya’s cases to above 38,000, now at 38,115, with sample sizes standing at 540,308.
Recoveries and deaths rise
Furthermore, today saw the country report one of the lowest recoveries in months, as only 40 people were discharged. 30 were from the home-based care program, while 10 came from various health facilities.
That raised Kenya’s COVID recoveries to 24,621, which represents a recovery rate of 64.6 per cent. That is much lower than Africa’s 81 per cent recovery rate.
On a sad note, there were two more fatalities, bringing the country’s death toll to 691.
Cases by counties
Nairobi led today’s counties, with 63 cases, followed by Nakuru, which had 59, a record high for the county. Kisii had 23, Garissa had 16, while Kisumu came in with 14. Mombasa had 13 while Kiambu had 10.
Busia, on the other hand, had nine, Trans Nzoia had seven, Turkana had six, while Kajiado and Kericho had five cases each.
Uasin Gishu, Narok, Laikipia and Siaya each had two confirmed cases. Kakamega, Marsabit, Bungoma, Meru, Murang’a, Nyeri and Tharaka-Nithi, each came in with one case each.
Concern over ‘dangerous’ second wave
The new high cases come amidst worries by the Ministry of a possible second wave of the virus.
DG, Dr Patrick Amoth, has expressed concern over that fact, terming it as ‘more dangerous’ as it would not only affect the old.
Further ahead, the President is set to give his monthly briefing on the restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus. With infections low, there is widespread optimism that he will lift the remaining restrictions come Monday 28th.
Already, political gatherings are taking place without following said restrictions, with most of the leaders having abandoned wearing of masks.