The number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya has risen by 123, as 54 more people recovered from the virus.
In the update, Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said that the cases were from a total sample of 2,112. The new samples took the total in the country to 85,058.
Thus, the number of confirmed cases in Kenya now stands at 2,216.
Recoveries rise dramatically, deaths rising steadily
The number of recoveries also rose significantly, with 54 people discharged after making a full recovery. The recovery figure now stands at 553 people.
“I am delighted to inform you that today we have discharged 54 patients who have recovered from the coronavirus disease,” Dr Rashid Aman said.
This is the highest number of recoveries the country has recorded since announcing its first recovery on April 1st.
However, the country suffered three more fatalities, two from Nairobi and one from Nyeri. All three were male, with the youngest being a 12-year-old boy. The boy tested positive post-humously. The other two were 41 and 71 years.
Low recovery/death rates
The three new deaths now take the national deaths in the country to 74. The new figures put the CFR of the disease at 3.3%. Moreover, the recovery rate is very low, at 25 %, against the global recovery rate of over 40%.
Laxity among Kenyans a concern
Dr Rashid Aman also called on Kenyans to keep up with exercising caution not revert back to normal.
“It is, however, disturbing that a few of our people have reverted to business as usual. Some of our people are not wearing masks or are wearing them improperly. The mask is not meant to protect the chin. This is unacceptable.”
“We must all wear masks to protect ourselves and our loved ones or risk being infected or infecting others. We must take personal responsibility to this fight.” Dr Aman said.
With curfew set to end on Saturday, what the government will do next remains a point of speculation.