Covid-19: Government urges Counties to upgrade health facilities as cases reach 2,474

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Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi issuing a press address. Photo/MoH

The number of Coronavirus cases in Kenya has reached 2,474 after 134 people tested positive. 3,177 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours. 51 patients have recovered and were discharged, the number of recoveries now at 643, while fatalities have reached 79 after 1 more patient succumbed to the virus. Speaking at Afya house during the Covid-19 briefing on Friday, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi stressed the importance of personal responsibility to ensure the disease is totally conquered. She said collective effort requires each member of the society to partner to fight the virus.

Of the new cases, Mombasa has the most recorded, with 67-Kisauni(25),Jomvu(12) leading, Nairobi has 31, majority of them in Kibra which has 19, followed by Westlands at 7, Busia has 15, all of them truck drivers. Machakos County has 5 cases, all from Athi River, Taita Taveta has 4 cases, all truck drivers at Taveta, Kilifi and Nakuru have 2 cases each, Garissa, Murang’a, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu and Kajiado have 1 case each.

CAS Mwangangi urged County governments to scale up their preparedness and put to use the grant which has already been disbursed to Counties to enhance preparedness. “County facilities require to be ready to manage to this virus….we therefore appeal to Counties to move with speed to utilize the Kshs 5 billion already disbursed to them to upgrade their health facilities in readiness of managing Covid-19 cases,” she said.