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Mutahi Kagwe hints at flattening curve as 130 more test positive for COVID

Kenya is well on its way to flattening the curve, Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe said as he announced today’s cases.

“We have noticed for the last couple of days, in the course of this month, that except for a couple of days, we have been on a positivity rate of below five per cent. The World Health Organization proposes that if the trend of below 5 per cent positivity rate runs for 14 – 21 days, then as a nation, you have begun to flatten the curve,” CS Kagwe said.

Caution against laxity

However, he cautioned against laxity, as a new wave of the virus begins to spread through countries that had controlled its spread.

“Let me caution, even as we do so, events across the globe indicate a new wave of COVID-19 cases. It’s happening in the UK, Spain, Italy, France and Germany. We have no choice but to be cautious for that second wave that is always a possibility.” The CS warned.

Kenya’s COVID situation today

Turning to the country’s COVID-19 situation, the Ministry confirmed 130 new COVID cases from a sample size of 3,874. That represents a positivity rate of 3.35 per cent.

That brings the country’s total COVID cases to 37,348.

Furthermore, there were five more fatalities, bringing the total number of COVID-18 deaths to 664.

However, recoveries rose by 106, raising the recoveries to 24,253, a recovery rate of 64.94 per cent.

81 of these patients were from various hospitals while 25 came from the HBC program.

Number of admitted patients drop

The Director-General at the Ministry of Health, Dr Amoth, echoed Mutahi Kagwe’s sentiments.

Furthermore, Dr Amoth said that the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals had fallen significantly.

“As of today, we have just 484 patients with COVID-19 in all health facilities from 1,200 more than two months ago. We only have 14 people in ICU under critical care; four of them with ventilatory support, the remaining 10 on supplementary oxygen,” Dr Amoth said.

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