The Ministry of Health has expressed concern over the surging coronavirus cases that had been on a decline.
In a grim outlook, Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe Thursday said the Covid-19 virus is fast spreading across the country on a day the Country caseload surpassed the 40,000 mark after 271 new cases were reported.
The positive cases were drawn from a sample size of 5,034 tested in the last 24 hours, bringing to 40,178 the number of confirmed cases since March.
“On the Covid-19 situation, over the last two weeks, we have witnessed an unusual behaviour pattern, in the manner in which the virus has been spreading across the country. Several Counties that had been recording low cases like Trans Nzoia, have all of a sudden began to have increased numbers” said the CS who was speaking in Trans Nzoia to assess the county’s preparedness level.
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Kagwe announced that several Counties that had been recording low cases have all of a sudden began to have increased numbers.
“As of today, Trans Nzoia is standing at number 18 out of the 47 Counties, with 266 confirmed cases. All these cases are local transmission, which means they have been spread around by people here in Trans Nzoia. None has come from outside” Observed the CS.
He said the statistics should be a wakeup call for all Kenyans warning that the situation if not checked may overran the country’s health facilities.
Already, 215 inmates at the GK main prison are on quarantine in the County days after the Nairobi remand prison was placed under lockdown.
Kagwe raised the red flag over social and political gatherings which he described as fertile grounds for spreading the virus.
From the latest infections announced Thursday, 242 are Kenyans and 29 are foreigners. 177 are males and 94 females with the youngest being a one-year-old infant while the oldest is aged 83.
Distribution of the cases by Counties
Nairobi leads with 81, Mombasa 58, Turkana 16, Kisumu 15, Garissa 13, Kiambu 13, Kisii 10, Machakos 10, Laikipia 8, Nandi 6, Nakuru 6, Uasin Gishu 5, Kilifi 5, Muranga 5, Nyamira and Siaya 4 four cases each while Kakamega, Kajiado, Kwale, Migori, Homabay, Embu , Narok and Meru reported a case each.
The death toll from the virus stands at 751 after three more people succumbed to the virus.
“On a positive note, today 51 people have recovered from the disease, 29 have been discharged from various hospitals and 22 from the Home-Based Care Program. Total recoveries now stand at 31,710” said the CS.