123 Test Positive for Covid-19, Cases Rise to 1,471 [VIDEO]

  • 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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  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday, May 27, confirmed that 123 more individuals tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases within the country to 1,471.

    This is after 3,077 samples were tested, a number that is the highest in the country since the first covid-19 case was recorded on March 13, 2020.

    Speaking during the daily briefing from Afya House, Kagwe announced that of the 123 cases, Nairobi had the highest at 85, Mombasa (24), Kiambu (4) and Garissa, Kitui, Kilifi, Busia and Uasin Gishu with one case each.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (Left) and his Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi during a press briefing in March 2020.
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (Left) and his Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi during a press briefing in March 2020.

    In terms of distribution in Nairobi County, Mathare reported 33 cases, Kibra (14), Embakasi West (12), Embakasi central (4),Westlands (4), Makadara (3), Ruaraka (3), Kamukunji (3) Starehe (2), Dagoreti North (2), Roysambu (1), Langata (1), Embakasi North (1) and Embakasi South (1).

    In Mombasa, Mvita and Changamwe still have the highest Covid-19 cases with nine and four respectively reported in the last 24 hours.

    "The figures we have shared illustrate the rapid rate of transmission in the informal settlements in Nairobi. This means that there is a raging number of infections in these areas.

    "We either live in these places, have a relative that resides in there or know someone else that does. What does this mean? It means that no one is safe," the CS warned.

    He added that seven were in critical condition while three more had succumbed to the disease bringing the number to 55.

    Kagwe disclosed that two of the three who succumbed were suffering from diabetes while the other was battling breast cancer.

    The Health CS added that the youngest case reported was of a one-year-old baby and the oldest was 76-years-old.

    Further, he emphasized on the measures set by the government including social distancing, wearing of masks and washing of hands regularly, warning Kenyans of going about their normal lives, oblivious of the consequences.

    "People die alone, they don't die as a group. It is important to take precaution as an individual," Kagwe warned.