NAIROBI – Kenya has in the last 24 hours confirmed 29 more coronavirus cases bringing the national total to 110.
According to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, 13 of the new patients are male and 16 females.
The patients include 28 Kenyans and one Congolese, CS Kagwe said Thursday afternoon during the daily coronavirus briefing.
CS Kagwe further said that the 29 new cases were part of 662 samples that were tested in different laboratories across the country.
He further disclosed that two more patients have succumbed to the disease bringing the total deaths to three.
“Two patients have died, one in Nairobi and another in Mombasa, bringing the total deaths to three,” he said.
The tough talking CS also said Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi has fully recovered after he was taken through three tests to confirm if indeed he was free of the virus.
He cautioned members of the public to take the issue seriously and adhere to the guidelines given by government strictly.
“The situation is not getting any better, it’s getting worse. This disease is a pandemic and as government we are continuously improving our level of response and surveillance to avoid further spread,” said Kagwe.
Health Ministry’s director general Patrick Amoth said the family of the Mombasa patient who succumbed to the disease are currently organising to have the deceased buried as quickly as possible within the next 24 hours.
In a separate development, President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday chaired the first meeting of the board that was created to marshal funds for combating the Coronavirus disease.
The team led by East African Breweries Managing Director Jane Karuku was put together by the President to rally Kenyans together in raising resources that will support Government efforts to mitigate the effects of the disease.
President Kenyatta chaired the meeting through video-conference where he assured the taskforce that comprises of private sector captains of industry and senior state officials of his full support.
“Thank you for agreeing to work together throughout this time as we seek to find solutions on how to cushion the vulnerable in our country as well as deal with the future,” the President said.
Ms. Karuku assured the Head of State of her team’s commitment to the task ahead of them saying they will work hard to deliver on their mandate.