10 more COVID-19 deaths recorded as cases rise to 36,301
Kenya has recorded 10 more coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the country’s death toll to 634.
The Ministry of Health said that only six of the succumbed COVID-19 patients did not have pre-existing conditions.
In the daily briefing on the COVID-19 situation, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangngi also announced 96 more new cases.
They were out of 3,270 samples that were tested in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 36,301.
“This pushes our cumulative tests to 502,003. From the cases, all are Kenyans except 4 foreigners. In terms of gender 70 are males and 26 females. The youngest is a Five year-old child, while the oldest is 81,” said Dr. Mwangangi.
In terms of sub-County distribution, the 26 cases in Nairobi County, are from Westlands (6), Roysambu (5), Langata (4) Embakasi East (3), Embakasi South (2), Dagoretti North, Embakasi Central, Embakasi West, Kasarani, Kibra and Makadara, (1) case each.
Kenya still has close to 13,000 active coronavirus cases even as politicians lead the public in violating restrictions imposed to control the pandemic.
Fear is mounting of a surge in fresh infections as politicians and citizens ignore COVID-19 measures put in place by the Health ministry such as the ban on gatherings., to curb further spread of the deadly disease.
Already Mombasa, one of the hot spots until June, has started recording a surge in its numbers, an indication that all might not be well. “Mombasa and Turkana, which were on a downward trend, have begun to shoot up in positive cases.
Over the weekend, in Mombasa County this weekend, ODM leader Raila Odinga and his party surrogate Ali Hassan Joho held a rally, disregarding the protocols issued by the government against the mass gathering.
Deputy President Dr. William Ruto also held a rally in Mombasa. Last Thursday, President Kenyatta addressed a roadside gathering in Kiambu.
Whether the Kenyan leadership is keen to see the coronavirus curve flattened at a maintained positivity rate of 5 percent for a consecutive 14 days, however, remains to be seen.