Kenya's Covid-19 Cases Cross 1,000 Mark With Highest Cases in 24 Hours

  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a daily press briefing in April 2020
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a daily press briefing in April 2020
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  • On Wednesday, May 20, Kenya's confirmed Covid-19 case rose to 1,029 after 66 more people tested positive for the virus in the preceding 24 hours.

    Speaking from Afya House during the daily Covid-19 briefing, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe stated that 30 of the cases were from Mombasa on a day that the country recorded the highest cases in a single day since the first case was registered in early March.

    In terms of case distribution in other counties; Nairobi recorded (26), Kajiado (3), Kisii (1), Uasin Gishu (1), Nakuru (1), Kirinyaga (1), Makueni (1) and Meru (1).

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses a press conference on Covid-19 in Nairobi in March 2020
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses a press conference on Covid-19 in Nairobi in March 2020
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    Regarding the distribution of cases by estates in Mombasa; Likoni (10), Kisauni (8), Changamwe (3), Nyali (3). Jomvu (3), Mvita (3).

    In Nairobi; Kibra (15), Langata (3), Starehe (2), Dagoretti (2), Westlands (1), Eastleigh (1), Mathare (1) and Dandora (1)

    Kagwe added that 64 of the cases were Kenyans while two were foreign nationals; a Somali and a Rwandese.

    Eight individuals had been discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 366 while the number of fatalities had maintained at 50.

    In response to the spread of the disease in Nairobi and Mombasa, the CS announced an extension of the cessation of movement in and out of Eastleigh in Nairobi until Saturday, June 6.

    He added that there would also be an extension of the cessation of movement in and out of Old Town Mombasa for the same period.

    "The mosques, eateries are supposed to remain closed and hawking is prohibited until Saturday, June 2020," Kagwe announced.

    During the briefing, it was also announced that the German government donated two mobile testing laboratories through the East African Community (EAC).

    The CS announced that the mobile labs would aid in mass screenings of truck drivers at border points which had been flagged as Covid-19 hotspots.

    Residents and traders go about their business in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
    Residents and traders go about their business in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
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