Kenya has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 three days after President Uhuru Kenyatta ended the cessation of movement with 447 people testing positive in the last 24 hours.
While giving his daily briefing on COVID-19 cases from Mombasa County, the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe stated that the cases were from 3,803 samples tested.
The new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 patients to 8,975. The new cases were reported as 280 patients were of male gender while 167 were of the female gender.
The youngest to test positive was a one-year-old infant while the oldest was an 88-year old. Four deaths were recorded bring the number of fatalities to 173. 64 patients were released from hospital bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,657.
The total number of tested samples in the country stands at 200,311. Mutahi Kagwe stated that by opening the country, the government had deescalated the cessation of movement and had now amplified their focus on county preparedness.
“As a Ministry, we want to ensure all counties have embraced this devolved task not only as their obligations to their residents but also as a sign of commitment to them. Fellow Kenyans, County policies, their implementations, and level of preparedness for your illness on a regular day and more so during the pandemic are indicative of your leadership interest in your well-being,” he stated.
He went on to state that the Ministry’s aspiration for a devolved health system was informed by the zeal to improve equitable access to innovative healthcare services.
“Mombasa County is well on its way to achieving this and is so far setting the bar. Congratulations. Now that we all know that the COVID-19 disease is going to be with us for a while, we need to put pressure on our County governments to prioritize health service delivery and to demand better services the way it has been done here in Mombasa,” he added.
Mutahi Kagwe went on to further add that if Mombasa could do it, then other countries could also do it.