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Health Ministry Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi demonstrates the proper use of a face mask to prevent coronavirus during a media briefing on, April 5, 2020. /FILE/MoH

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COVID-19: 7 new cases confirmed raising total to 179, 2 patients discharged

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 8 – Seven additional coronavirus cases were confirmed in the country on Wednesday, bringing the total number of registered cases to 179.

The seven new cases were validated following the analysis of 305 samples over a period of 24 hours, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangagi said adding the seven were all Kenyans.

“4 of these cases have a travel history 1 from Congo, 1 from UK and 2 from the US, two emanated from the mandatory quarantine facilities while five were picked up by our surveillance teams,” she said.

The CAS said five of the recorded cases are from Nairobi, with Mombasa and Uasin Gishu counties accounting for a single case each.

Mwangagi said coronavirus is majorly affecting productive members of the society, urging Kenyans to observe the interventions that have been put in place in containing the spread of the virus.

“3 of these cases are below 15 years, 140 are between 30-59 years and only 13 are above the age of 60 years. This age distribution shows that this virus is affecting the more productive members of the society, meaning we need to observe the various measures that we have put in place,” she said.

The health ministry said two more patients had been discharged, raising the number of fully recovered COVID-19 patients to 9.

She said one more patient placed on ventilator support at a private hospital had stabilized.

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The Ministry of Health said most patients present with mild symptoms and only one of the patients is under critical care.

To date Kenya has tested a total of 5,278 people for coronavirus.


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