Coronavirus cases in Kenya pass the 8,000 mark after 181 people test positive

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. Photo/MoH

Hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi Metropolitan area, Mombasa and Mandera on Monday, the Health Ministry has confirmed 181 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The positive cases in Kenya have now surpassed 8,000, with the case load at 8,067. 2,131 samples were tested, with cumulative samples tested up to 191,394.

Of the new cases, 179 are Kenyans while 2 are foreigners. Nairobi has the highest number of new cases, at 134. Kiambu County has 19, Mombasa County has 9, Kajiado County has 6 same to Machakos County. Lamu County has 3 cases, while Uasin Gishu and Kirinyaga Counties have 1 case each. 127 patients have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with recoveries now at 2,414. However, the fatalities have increased after 4 patients succumbed to the virus.

Speaking earlier during his address to the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta was keen to remind Kenyans that the government will play it’s part yo contain the virus but all Kenyans have to play their part. He noted that opening up the once restricted areas poses a risk, but called on all Kenyans to be more vigilant.