Kenyans urged to take extra precaution during cold season as Covid-19 cases reach 22,597

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Health CAS Rashid Aman. Photo/courtesy

With the ongoing cold spells in various parts of Kenya, Kenyans have been urged to take precaution, given that an upsurge in Covid-19 cases has been recorded. 544 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, out of a sample size of 2,653. The total cases have now reached 22,597. 315 are males while 229 are females, the youngest is 1 year old and the oldest is 84 years old.

13 more patients have succumbed to the virus, bringing the number of deaths to 377. 263 have recovered within the past 24 hours, 176 people from home based care and 87 from various hospitals. Speaking on Monday, Health CAS Rashid Aman said the cold season poses many challenges, with people with respiratory illnesses at high risk, “This is a wake up call to all with respiratory illnesses to take extra care because it’s at thus period that the conditions can suddenly worsen,” he said.

He pointed out that seasonal variations have been associated with increased morbidity among people with respiratory diseases and that they need to adhere to certain measures. “Dressing warmly to avoid any triggers, keeping social distance to avoid respiratory infections, wearing a mask which is very critical especially in reducing transmission of infected droplets, keeping well hydrated by drinking lots of water….” he said.

Nairobi once again leads in new cases with 412. Kiambu has 27, Kajiado and Machakos Counties have 17 cases each. Garissa has 16 cases, Uasin Gishu has 14 cases, Mombasa has 9 cases, Nakuru County has 8. Nyeri and Narok have 5 cases each, Makueni has 4 cases. Laikipia has 2 cases, Murang’a, Kilifi, Embu, Bungoma, Kisii, Kwale and Meru have 1 case each.