Covid-19: 80 more positive after largest sample tests conducted in a day

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Frontline Covid-19 health workers. Photo/ courtesy
Frontline Covid-19 health workers. Photo/ courtesy

Covid-19 cases in Kenya have reached 1,109 after 80 more people tested positive in the last 24 hours with Nairobi and Mombasa recording the most new cases. This is after the highest number of tests were conducted in a day, 3,102, demonstrating the fact that the higher the number of samples tested, the higher the number of new cases.

The new cases are in Nairobi (41) with Kibra leading on 13, Mombasa (20), Siaya (7), Kwale (6), Garissa (3), Kajiado (2) and Taita Taveta (1). In the Siaya case, the Health CS revealed that mourners were allowed to travel from Kibra in Nairobi to Siaya after using forged documents, and now the 7 cases in the County can be traced back to that.

CS Kagwe also lauded health workers who have made it possible to conduct many tests in a day. “Testing is dependent on us being able to acquire the testing kits and sampling kits necessary to do so,” he said, adding that there is still a global challenge in acquiring the kits. Moreover, Health DG Dr Patrick Amoth indicated that worse may still be on the way, with Kenya’s peak expected in August and September, where 200 cases may be the number of new infections reported each day.