Covid-19: Kenya’s infection rate points to a flattening curve as cases reach 37,348

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. Photo/MoH

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed 130 new cases of Covid-19, raising Kenya’s total to 37,348. The new cases were from 3,874 tested samples in the last 24 hours, with cumulative tests done now at 523,998.

Of the new cases, all were Kenyans except seven who were foreigners. Speaking to the press at Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital, CS Kagwe noted Kenya has been experiencing a positivity rate of below 5%, “WHO proposes that when you can run below 5% positivity rate over 14 days heading for 21 days then as a nation you have began to flatten the curve,” he stated.

He has, however, called for caution from Kenyans, saying a second wave of infections can’t be ruled out, citing nations like the UK, Spain, France. The fatalities rose to 664 on Wednesday after 5 patients succumbed to the virus.

The recoveries rose to 24,253 after 106 patients recovered from the disease. 25 of those were from the home-based programme, while 81 were discharged from various health facilities.

Nairobi continues to lead in the daily positivity rate, recording 35 cases in the last 24 hours.

Among the Counties, Nairobi recorded the most new cases with 35, Kiambu has 23, Kisumu (19), Mombasa (14), Uasin Gishu (8), Kerich (6), Kisii (5), Busia (5), Kilifi (5), Bomet (2), Narok (2), Siaya, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Kajiado and Machakos have 1 case each.