Covid-19 cases in Kenya rise to 5,533 as government raises concerns over drug abuse cases

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Health CAS Rashid Aman speaking to the press. Photo/Courtesy

Coronavirus cases in Kenya have risen to 5,533 after 149 positive cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. This is out of 3,090 samples were tested. Speaking on Friday, Health CAS Rashid Aman said 148 of the new cases are Kenyans while 1 is a foreigner, with 94 being males and 55 males. 5 more people have died bringing the fatality to 137, while the number of those discharged is 48 patients, with recoveries now at 1,905. Nairobi leads in new cases with 73, Mombasa County with 20 cases, Kajiado County has 15, Siaya with 13 cases, Busia County has 9 cases, Kiambu County has 8 cases, Taita Taveta has 3, Machakos County has 3, Kilifi, Nakuru, Nandi, Bungoma and Isiolo Counties have 1 case each.

The cases in Busia County are all from Teso South. The cases of truck drovers are still a concern for Busia residents with the government still intending to clear the traffic jam caused by trucks and safeguard the loves of residents. The Health officials have continually urged truck drivers to conduct tests 48 hours before they leave their points of origin, with cases of drivers without test certificates still a concern.

Moreover, Health Ministry raised concerns with the level of drug abuse in Kenya, noting that people who use drugs are particularly at high risk of contracting the Coronavirus due to the behavior associated with the use of drugs and reduced immunity and disorders associated with physical and psychological comorbidity. According to NACADA, the prevalence of the current usage of alcohol among those aged between 15 to 65 years, stands at 12.2% for tobacco at 8.3% Khat 4.1% while for bhang is 1%.