Kenya's Covid-19 Cases Jump to 1,161

  • A photo of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Afya House on March 18, 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Afya House on March 18, 2020.
  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that 52 more people tested positive for Covid-19 bringing the total number of cases within the country to 1,161.

    Speaking in Machakos on Friday, May 22, the CS noted that 2,567 samples had already been tested for the virus in the last 24 hours.

    "We have in the last 24 hours tested 2,567 samples, out of which some 52 people have tested positive for Covid-19. This now brings the total 1,161 persons who have tested positive," he announced.

    He stated that 55,074 samples have been tested so far. 5 more were discharged, bringing the total to 380.

    “We have discharged another 5 patients who have recovered from the disease and therefore, we have a total of about 380 persons who have recovered,” CS Mutahi Kagwe addressed the nation. 

    23 of the new cases were recorded in Nairobi while Mombasa recorded 7.

    The Ministry of Health urged the County Government of Busia to heighten its alert after 7 new cases were traced to the devolved unit. 

    Busia is one of Kenya's border counties and as such, was would require more vigilance due to the number of truck drivers visiting the area. 

    The CS declared that Kenya would no longer import PPEs because local manufacturers are now able to produce quality protective gears for health workers.

    Despite many local prototypes of ventilators assembled in Kenya, mass production would only be allowed after meeting WHO quality standards because the machines are very critical.