By: Yvonne Atieno @MountKenyaTimes
Kenya’s tally for confirmed covid-19 cases on Thursday rose to 4275 after the Ministry of Health reported 213 more patients out of 6,024 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
This is the highest number of tests done so far, following a backlog of samples following a shortage of reagents.
The average number of tests that have been done previously are about 2,000.
In a press briefing on Thursday, Health Ministry CAS Dr. Rashid Aman attributed the high number of cases to laxity by residents who have gone back to their normal ways.
The new cases are distributed as follows: Nairobi (136) Mombasa (32) Kajiado (13), Kiambu (7), Busia (5) Nakuru (4) Machakos (4), Garissa (3), Isiolo (3), Taita Taveta (2), with Kitui, Migori, Narok and Embu have one case each.
The 136 cases in Nairobi come from Dagoretti North (36), Westlands (25), Kamukunji (17), Kibra (130) Makadara (11), Starehe (8), Langata (9), Kasarani (6), Embakasi East (4), Embakasi North (3), Ruaraka (3) and Embakasi Central (1).
In Mombasa, the 32 cases are distributed in Mvita (20), Likono (5), Kisauni (5) and Changamwe (2).
At the same time, the Dr. Aman announced that 106 more patients had been discharged after fully recovering from the the disease raising the number of recoveries to 1459.
He further announced highest number of fatalities in a day at 10 raising the number of recorded deaths so far in the country to 117.
Dr. Aman raised concern about areas in Nairobi, including Westlands, Langata, Kibra and Dagoretti, where cases continue to rise.
“Something is not right and residents have to do some soul searching,” he said.
He also emphasised on the need to test the truck drivers 48 hours before hitting the road. This he said would solve the problem of delayed results at the border points which lead to traffic snarl-up.
“I want to emphasize, and to remind the truck drivers and truck owners, that all truck drivers must get tested at the point of origin, at least 48 hours before the commencement of the journey. Cross border truck operators must abide by the protocols provided on the Ministry’s website.”
The CAS called Kenyans to continue observing the containment measures and social distancing rules.
He warned against the creeping normal behaviour where individuals fail to comply with the rules provided by the ministry of health and endanger their lives.
Dr Aman noted that despite a reduction in home deaths witnessed lately, the situation is bound to change with more homes deaths expected from asymptomatic patients with underlying medical issues.