NAIROBI – Kenya recorded 260 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, pushing the number of infections in the country to 4,738.
Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe said on Sunday, June 21, that the new cases were the highest Kenya had recorded in a single day since March 13 when the first case was confirmed in the country.
“We had 260 positive cases confirmed in the past 24 hours,” Mr. Kagwe said, adding that the new cases were confirmed from 3, 651 samples tested since Saturday.
Out of the 260 new cases recorded, Kagwe said 6 are foreigners while the rest are Kenyans.
He further revealed that 21 more patients had been discharged from hospitals across the country pushing the number of recoveries to 1,607. Two more patients, however, succumbed to the disease raising the death toll to 123.
According to Kagwe, Kenya was approaching a phase when more positive cases were going to be reported owing to the deeply rooted community spread of coronavirus. He, however expressed optimism arguing that the virus will be controlled fast if every citizen would adhere to the health ministry containment guidelines.
“It is evident that COVID-19 will be with us longer and it will stretch our healthcare system, it is now our personal responsibility to ensure we observe the containment measures to fight the disease,” Mr. Kagwe said.
“In 100 days, with the disease now affecting 40 out of our 47 counties, including refugee camps, our bearings are clear and direction determined. We have put in the work and will continue to do so, taking note of and learning from challenges and failures we have experienced since day one,” he added.
Kagwe also revealed that the government has embarked on discharging asymptomatic patients from hospital for home-based care.
So far, 550 asymptomatic patients have been discharged after meeting the required standards set by the World health Organisation-WHO. Africa Tembelea has learnt that those discharged include; 338 from Kenyatta University Isolation centre and 212 from the Coast General Hospital.
“A COVID-19 patient qualifies for homed based care if they are asymptomatic, don’t have underlying health complications and have spent at least 14 days in and isolation facility,” said Patric Amoth, the Director-General of Health.