Covid-19: Numbers keep rising as 461 people test positive

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

The number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 11,252 after 461 people tested positive within the last day, with 4,261 samples tested. Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Health CAS Rashid Aman said Kenya might finally hit its peak on August or September. The cumulative samples tested so far are 225,495. 51 patients have recovered and have been discharged, with total recoveries now at 3,068. 7 more patients have succumbed to the virus, however, with fatalities now at 209.

Of the new cases, 320 are males while 141 are females. The youngest is 1 year old while the oldest is 86 years. Nairobi County once again leads in cases, with 248, followed by Machakos with 97 cases and Kiambu with 20. Kajiado County has 15 cases, Migori 14, Busia County 12, Nakuru County 11, Laikipia County 7, Nyeri County 7 cases, Kilifi County 6 cases, Lamu and Uasin Gishu Counties 4 cases each. Kakamega County 3 cases, Kisumu and Makueni 2 cases each and Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Bomet 1 case each.

450 healthcare workers have been infected with the virus across the country, 4 have passed away and CAS Aman attributed the spread of the virus among health workers to among other factors, the lack of established practices of infection control, inadequate training in infection prevention and control measures for frontline workers and support staff, leaving them exposed to respiratory diseases.

He said infection prevention and control measures should be enhanced in health facilities to reduce the infection of health workers. His sentiments come after 41 health workers at Pumwani hospital in Nairobi tested positive for Covid-19, with focus shifting to the safety of health workers and their exposure to the virus.