Kenya records 24 COVID-19 cases, highest ever Nairobi Saturday May 2, 2020

Twenty four Kenyans have tested positive of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the highest number of positive cases that have been recorded since the first case was reported,

The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr, Mercy Mwangangi announced that the positive cases were among the 1,195 samples that were tested, seven of which are from Kawangware, bringing to 20 the total number of positive cases in that area, 10 cases are from Eastleigh, bringing the total number  to 21 and five cases are from Mombasa bringing the total number in Mombasa to 129. while two of the cases are from Kuria West, Migori County.

The CAS lamented that most people have started getting back to their normal way with some even going to back to work despite the government advice to employers to allow them to work from home.

“It is disturbing that the measures we have put in place so far are not being adhered to. We have observed that our people are slowly beginning to behave in a manner suggesting that the threat posed by Coronavirus is behind us. We have seen many people getting back to workplaces despite our appeals to employers to allow some of their employees to work from home. Human and vehicle traffic in Nairobi has returned back to its normal. This is a dangerous trend,” she said.

She cautioned also business outlets such as cyber cafes, butcheries, take away shops, markets, salons and barber shops to strictly observe the measures as outlined by the Ministry of Health, failure of which they shall be closed. “I am also reminding Kenyans that this war is not a sprint, it is a marathon, and we must be psychologically prepared for it,” she added.

The CAS explained that targeted testing approach is showing that Coronavirus disease is now firmly rooted within our communities and this is confirmed by the numbers recorded in the initial days of the mass testing in Kawangware. “In order to break the cycle of transmission within our communities, we must strictly observe to the containment measures, particularly of social distancing that we have persistently advocated for. If we don’t adhere to these measures, this disease will spread very quickly within our communities,” she warned.

The five cases in Mombasa that were reported today by the CAS are from Mikindani (2), Mwembe Tayari (2) cases and Shimanzi one (1) case bringing the total number of positive cases in the country to 435.The age brackets of the new cases are 1-19 years of age are 4, 20-39 years of age 14 and 40-60 years are 6, 10 are males and 14 females.

She also announced the death of one patient aged 51 year old  from Mombasa who had been admitted in hospital on April 27th 2020 with an underlying condition.  This  now brings the number of fatalities to 22

Dr, Mwangangi also reported that there were two discharges who tested negative on two different occasions after treatment and this now brings the total number of recoveries to 152.

The Ag. Director General of Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth further added that 12 cases from Kawangware were traced from one single individual who used to work at the Ministry of Health at the emergency operation centre.

“This individual passed the infection to 6 primary contacts, they in turn went to 5 secondary contacts bringing the number to 12.  Similarly the case in Kilifi  had 5 primary contacts, one secondary and one tertiary contact,” he said and added that this is the more reason why we are saying that quarantine and isolation units should be identified so that those who have not been tested yet can be quarantined to stop the transmissions.

He also revealed that out of the 214 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country, only one is in critical condition at the Kenyatta University Referral Hospital and the rest are in stable condition.

He disclosed that a new antiviral drug treatment by the name REMDESIVIR authorized by the US for emergency use on coronavirus patients has helped in faster recovery and explained that the drug was tried on 1063 clinical trials, with the primary end point  showing that 31 percent of the number showed recovery compared to the normal treatment. it had also been tried for Ebola virus.

“This however should not be a silver bullet despite being approved. It can only be given through infusion and is relatively also expensive but in a case of Kenya where we have mild cases it can be deployed but in a small fraction,” Dr. Amoth said.

Dr, Amoth also warned the hotel and eateries to observe the protocol and guidelines given arguing that the ministry will carry out random inspection to ensure compliance.