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Health ministry confirms 6 more COVID-19 cases raising total to 197

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 12 – Kenya registered six more coronavirus cases on Sunday bringing the number of virus cases reported nationwide to 197.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also confirmed the death of a patient from Siaya raising the death toll to eight.

Five of the six were identified as Kenyan, the other patient being a foreigner. They are aged between 29 and 58 years, Kagwe said.

“One of the six new cases, five are male and one is a female,” Kagwe said in a statement.

Five were picked from quarantine facilities while one was picked by the surveillance team.

Kagwe added that two of the patients had a history of foreign travel to the Middle East, while one recently travelled to Mombasa. The other three cases had no history of recent travel.

A total of 1,660 contacts out of 2,160 monitored by health authorities had been cleared, he said, with the tracking of an additional 500 ongoing.

One other patient was discharged after recovering raising the total number of recovered COVID-19 patients to 25.

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The number of people recovering from COVID-19 has increased to 25, after one more person was discharged on Sunday.

Another patient in Siaya however, succumbed to the virus raising the death toll to eight.

In a statement to newsrooms, Health Cabinet Secretary Kagwe said the death was reported in Siaya County, where the patient was undergoing treatment.

He said the process of tracing people who might have come to contact with the diseased was ongoing.

“We thank Kenyans for their continued support and adherence to the COVID-19 mitigation measures that we have put in place,” the statement indicated.

So far, the government has monitored 2,160 contacts, out of which 1,660 have been discharged. 500 others are being monitored.

There are hundreds of Kenyans in quarantine while the number of confirmed cases stood at 197 by Sunday.

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