Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kenya rise to 81

22 more people have tested positive for Covid-19, raising the number of confirmed cases in Kenya to 81 from yesterday’s 59.

Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe has said out of the 300 samples tested in 24hours, 22 have tested positive for the virus. He termed the figure as the largest number ever received in the country in one day and 300 is also the largest number tested in a single day.

21 people out of the 22 who have been tested are among individuals in mandatory quarantine while the remaining one is in Mombasa Hospital.

Of the 22 confirmed cases, 18 are Kenyans, 2 are from Pakistan, and 2 are from Cameroon.

Kagwe has explained that the 22 people are from various counties but they are already in quarantine in Nairobi and not residing in those counties. They were placed in quarantine on arrival at JKIA.

The new cases are from from Nairobi, Machakos, Kilifi, Nyamira, Murang’a, Kakamega, Kiambu, and Mombasa counties with two being foreign nationals.

In response to Brenda’s recovery (patient 1), the CS has termed her a hero and a responsible Kenyan for having gone to Mbagathi once she started feeling unwell.

He added that many positive Coronavirus cases are from people who travelled, urging Kenyans to self-quarantine and call for help if they exhibit symptoms, and for those who travelled outside the country to self-quarantine as well.

All the patients are doing well, except one who is at Agha Khan Hospital in ICU on a ventilator, but is responding to treatment, and has been given chloroquine and an antibiotic to manage the conditions.

Kagwe has also added that food trucks can operate freely during curfew.

See also: Update on Coronavirus as 81 deaths reported in China

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