Health Ministry announce 127 new cases of COVID-19 Nairobi, Tuesday June 9, 2020

Kenya has today recorded 127 more positive cases of Covid 19, out of  2,247 samples tested in the last 24 hours bringing the number of confirmed positve cases to 2,989, from 100,683 samples tested so far.

The revelation was made by the Chief Administrative Secretary  (CAS) for Health, Dr. Rashid Aman when he announced  the results of the tests, out of which 124 postive cases were Kenyans while three were foreigners.

The 127 positive cases consisted of  84 males and 33 females, the youngest  being a a three week old infant and the oldest 72.

“We have  discharged 24 patients over the same period after recovering from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 873. Unfortunately we have lost 3 patients who have succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of fatalities to 88,” Dr. Rashid noted.

He  stressed that since  the country recorded its first case in March,  the numbers have been swelling and is almost hitting the 3,000 mark.

“According to the experts, our epidemiological curve is rising sharply in many regions, implying that, going forward, we are likely to record increasing numbers of positives and more people requiring clinical management,” he stated.

He warned Kenyans against stigmatizing those who have tested positive of the virus arguing that this must not be tolerated because anyone can be infected.

“Stigmatizing anyone during a pandemic poses a threat to everyone. Our shared vulnerability to the virus should be a source of solidarity and we must remember at all times, that it is the virus which is the enemy, not people with Covid-19, or those affected by Covid-19,” Dr. Rashid said.

Today’s cases are distributed in the counties of Nairobi 62,  Mombasa, 34, Busia, 14, Machakos, four, Bungoma, three  Kwale, and Uasin Gishu, one case each.

In Nairobi the cases are from Kibra 21, Westlands 14, Ruaraka 12, Kamukunji, five, Langata four, Dagoretti North three, Makadara, Embakasi South and Embakasi West, one case each.

In Mombasa, the cases are from Mvita, eight, Nyali seven, Changamwe six, Jomvu, six, Kisauni, four and Likoni, three cases.

In Busia, all the 14 cases are of truck drivers, at Malaba POE while in Kiambu, the cases are from Thika, two, Ruiru and Kikuyu,one case each.

In Kilifi, two cases are from Kilifi North, one each form Kilifi South and Kaloleni, while in  Machakos, all the four cases are from Athi River. In Bungoma, all the three cases are of truck drivers from Kanduyi, while the one case in Kwale is from Matuga and the case in Uasin Gishu, is from Kesses.

Dr. Rashid also highlightes that so far 72 health care workers have contracted the virus from different environments out of which 19 are currently being managed in different health facilities.

This risk of infection, the CAS noted has however not undermined the health care givers commitment to duty and thanked all the health care workers for their dedication and devotion to serve Kenyans even in the face of being infected.

Dr. Francis Kuria, the Ag. Director of Public Health said  that the Ministry of Health has issued guidlines to counties to set up quarantine and isolation facilities. To date there are 101 quarantine facilities, 50 isolation centres and 3700 beds, he noted.

“There is a need to scale up these numbers because according to our projections there will be a surge of more positives and thus the president’s call to the counties to ensure they have a 300 bed capacity,” he added

The country is now into the 12th week, since the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The Covid 19 virus carried mainly by human beings has seen countries in the world to implement the stay at home directives, in order to limit human movement.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Rashid Aman addressing the media on update of Coronavirus in the Country and response measures at Afya House.