Kenya has confirmed a further 134 COVID-19 patients today.
The new figures drove the number of cases in the country to 2,474 confirmed cases.
Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi said that they had confirmed the cases from a total of 3177 samples that they conducted in the past 24 hours.
The new samples took the number of tests that Kenya has done to 90,875 total samples.
Recoveries rise higher
Furthermore, 51 more people recovered, raising the tally for recoveries to 643 people. However, one more person succumbed. Thus, the number of COVID-19 casualties in Kenya stands at 79.
Mombasa led with 67 infections, while Nairobi was second with 31 infections. Machakos had five while Taita Taveta had four.
Kilifi, Kiambu and Nakuru had two cases each, while Garissa, Murang’a, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Kericho and Kajiado had one case each.
In the address, Dr Mwangangi urged Kenyans to take personal responsibility in ensuring that they maintained the measures put in place.
The new COVID cases come at a time when the government reported filling up hospitals that it had set aside to treat the infection.
In today’s briefing, Dr Mwangangi stated that the government was looking for a hybrid isolation system.
A hybrid approach to isolation
“Looking at the anticipated caseload, it is important to review our approach, have a hybrid approach that ensures the rational deployment of resources.
“We will see a move from isolation in hospitals to hybrid isolation where one is managed from a home or a community centre.” She said.
Filling up so soon?
Both Mbagathi and KU hospitals are reportedly filling up. This dawn, then, has forced the government to consider the home-care for the asymptomatic patients of COVID-19.
However, the government said it would roll out how it would go about this approach in the coming weeks.
Already, Kenyans living in single room households have raised concern about how they would practise home-based care.