NAIROBI – The Ministry of Health has announced that 57 more people have tested positive for coronavirus pushing the country’s COVID-19 tally to 887.
This is the highest number of cases recorded in one day since the first case was registered in Kenya on Friday, March 13.
In a statement, Kenya’s health ministry said the new cases were identified after testing of 2,198 samples which was also a landmark number since the country embarked on targeted testing.
Out of the new cases, Mombasa county accounted for 35, Nairobi 17, Kajiado 3 while Kwale and Kitui had one case each.
It was also reported that 12 more people have been discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of recoveries in Kenya to 313, with 50 having so far succumbed to the virus.
The Health ministry continues to urge Kenyans to adhere guidelines provided such as washing hands frequently with clean water, practicing social distancing, wearing face masks in public and maintaining high hygiene standards.
In a related development, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, May 16, extended the dusk to dawn curfew for a further 21 days and also closed the country’s border (s) with Tanzania and Somalia except for cargo transportation following a surge of COVID-19 cases in the two sister countries.
Elsewhere, as of May 17, South Sudan had reported 290 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4 recoveries and 4 deaths. Rwanda had 289 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 178 recoveries and No deaths while Tanzania had 509 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 183 recoveries and 21 deaths.