Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has today confirmed the highest COVID-19 cases as 123 people tested positive for the virus.
In the daily briefing, CS Mutahi Kagwe said that the figures came from the highest sample that the Ministry had tested in 24 hours.
Over 3,000 tested
The new infections came from 3,077 samples that the country did in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections in Kenya to 1,471.
The total number of tested samples now stands at 67,341.
Furthermore, three more people succumbed to the virus, raising the total deaths in the country to 55. All three, Kagwe revealed, has comorbidities. Two had diabetes, while one had breast cancer.
The number of recoveries still stands at 405.
Slums getting affected heavily
The rising figures have disproportionately been hitting communities in poor households hardest, with Mathare today recording the highest number in Nairobi.
Mathare had 33 of Nairobi’s 85 cases. Kibra had 14, another very high figure in the area. Mombasa is second, with 24 cases.
The health CS expressed concern at the laxity among Kenyans coming from the lack of regard for health measures.
“The increase in community infection is simply because of the increase in community contact,” Kagwe said, pointing out especially lack of social distancing and wearing face masks in public transport.
All the active 1,011 COVID-19 cases are in 35 hospitals across the country. Of these, seven are in critical condition, four on ventilators, and three on supplementary oxygen.
Mutahi Kagwe then urged all Kenyans to show up for testing, which is ongoing in targetted areas across the country.
“My appeal to all is to volunteer for testing in the estates. Knowing your status is important to you and those close to you.” He said.
The current infection rate from the tested samples is the highest in the country yet, at 3.9 %. While still low, it shows an increase in the rate of transmission in the community.