Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate has risen once again to 6.8 % after the Ministry of Health confirmed 148 new cases of the viral disease.
The new cases came from a sample size of 2,163, which raised Kenya’s cumulative tests to 1,836,410. The number of COVID-19 cases in the country, meanwhile, rose to 172,639.
Of the day’s cases, the youngest was a one-year-old child while the oldest was 87.
Deaths and recoveries
On a positive note, today’s recovery rose significantly from what we have seen in the past few days, with 631 new recoveries reported in the last 24 hours. That raised Kenya’s recovery figures to 118,226.
Of these, 496 came from the Home-Based and Isolation Care Progam, while a further 135 came from the various health facilities countrywide.
However, there were 21 more fatalities from COVID-19, bringing Kenya’s fatalities from the virus to 3,308. The deaths, however, were late reporting from Facility Record Audits done on different dates in April and May.
Cases by counties
Nairobi county led with 48 new cases, while Homa Bay followed with 46. After that, the drop was significant, with Mombasa reporting eight cases, Uasin Gishu seven, Machakos six, and Kisumu reported five.
Nakuru and Kiambu, meanwhile, had four new cases each, while Kilifi had three. Kajiado, Marsabit, Nandi, and Tharaka Nithi each reported two COVID-19 cases. Narok, Trans Nzoia, Kisii, Laikipia, Turkana, Baringo, Bomet, Busia, and Embu, meanwhile, each reported one new case each.
The curious case of Kisumu County
Kenyans, however, on Sunday cast doubts on the figures by the Ministry of Health after Kisumu, one of the hardest-hit counties, reported no new cases of the virus.
COVID-19 UPDATE pic.twitter.com/Lo2TAAZBzd
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) June 6, 2021
The county reported a surge in cases after Madaraka Day but was conspicuously missing on Sunday. This lead to speculation that the Ministry was hiding numbers from the county.
President Kenyatta, William Ruto, and Raila Odinga met large gatherings in the city in the build-up to the Madaraka Day celebrations, a move that many criticized.
Meanwhile, there is evidence to suggest that COVID cases in the lakeside county could be higher than official tallies.
Kisumu headed to a lockdown? pic.twitter.com/9tGnXUbBjv
— Ahmed Mohamed ((ASMALi)) (@Asmali77) June 6, 2021