Kenya's Covid-19 Cases Near 20,000 as 14 Die

  • Health CAS Rashid Aman addressing a presser at Afya House on Monday May 11, 2020.
    Health CAS Rashid Aman addressing a presser at Afya House on Monday, May 11, 2020.
  • Kenya has recorded 788 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of cases in the country to 19,913.

    During the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House in Nairobi on Thursday, July 30, Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman announced that 5,521 samples were tested in 24 hours bringing the total samples tested so far to 295,280.

    Of the 788 cases tested, 475 are male and 313 are female.

    Health CAS Rashid Aman (at the podium) and his team addressing the media at a press briefing. May 18, 2020.
    Health CAS Rashid Aman (at the podium) and his team addressing the media at a press briefing. May 18, 2020.
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    Acknowledging that more men than female had contracted the disease, Aman indicated that men needed to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

    "I urge all men to avoid smoking and alcohol and engage in physical activities," he stated.

    The distribution of cases have been distributes as follows; Nairobi (487), Kiambu (86), Nakuru (34), Kajiado (26), Mombasa (25), Machakos (21) Busia (20), Narok (14), bomet (9) and other counties.

    At the same time, 100 patients have been discharged from hospital bringing the total recoveries to 8,121 with the recent discharges being 8 from home-based and 92 from hospitals.

     Acting Director General for Health Dr Patrick Amoth stated that 1275 patients had been admitted throughout the country. Out of the 1275, 56 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

    Out of the 56, 34 are in the ventilatory support because they have a serious COVID-19 infection and their lungs are not functioning optimally.

    Regrettably, 14 patients succumbed to the disease bring the total death toll to 235. Amoth disclosed that nine of the 14 individuals who passed on had co-existing comorbidities.

    "This tells us that the disease is assuming a different kind of effect on our population. This people who are dying without comorbidities are younger people and in very productive age groups," Amoth stated. 

    On his part, Transport CS James Macharia noted that the ministry had laid out protocols to be followed by both travellers flying in and out of the country when international air travel resumes on August 1, 2020.

    Country's whose citizens were cleared to travel into Kenya include China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Morroco and Namibia.

    He explained that the countries had been cleared because they recorded declining Covid-19 cases but noted that the opening of the sky would be done gradually after travel resumed.

    Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking in Parliament
    Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking in Parliament
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