Covid-19: Cases reach 25,837 even as 781 patients recover

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

699 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the last 24 hours, as the number of total cases rises to 25,837. 675 of the cases are Kenyans while 24 are foreigners. 427 are males while 272 are females. Speaking during a Covid-19 press briefing in Kakamega County on Saturday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the youngest case is a 1 year old child and the oldest is 85 years old.

However, 781 patients have recovered with recoveries in Kenya rising to 11,899. 125 of these were discharged from health facilities while 656 were under the home based care. The CS noted the success of the home based care program, “We are very proud of Kenyans because of the success that we have experienced with the home based care program,” he added.

On the other hand, 5 patients succumbed to the virus, within the past 24 hours, with fatalities now at 418. “This number is a sad one because we are talking about somebody’s mother, we are talking about somebody’s son, somebody’s brother, it’s not just a figure,” said the CS.

With some Kenyans ignoring the government’s directives on Covid-19 infection prevention, the CS cited a case in one of the Counties where a young man tested positive for the virus but he refused the diagnosis, saying the virus is a myth. As a result, he refused isolation, and his sister and parents, who had underlying conditions, contracted the virus. His father has recently succumbed, two weeks after burying the mother, “We have been accused of talking to Kenyans as if they are retarded…because of repeatedly explaining and telling Kenyans the impact of not following advice,” stated Kagwe.