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MOH registers triple-digit COVID-19 cases at 123 marking highest single-day surge

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – Kenya registered 123 COVID-19 cases in a period of 24 hours ending Wednesday, representing a triple-digit growth in infections and the highest single-day spike since the first virus case was recorded on March 13.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 3,007 samples had been analyzed, the number of cases recorded rose to 1,471.

Nairobi leads with 85 cases, Mombasa (24), Kiambu (4) Kajiado (3) Kisumu (2) cases while Garissa, Kitui, Kilifi, Busia and Uasin Gishu counties registered a case each.

“This virus knows no age we have a 1 year old who has tested positive while the oldest is 76 years. 78 are male and 45 are female,” he said.

The CS also raised concerns that community infections are rapidly increasing in informal settlements with Nairobi’s Mathare leading with 33 new cases and Kibera (14).

Embakasi West recorded twelve cases, Embakasi Central (4), Westlands (4), Makadara (3), Ruaraka (3), Kamkunji (3), Starehe (2), Dagoretti North (2), Roysambu (1), Langata (1), Embakasi North (1) and Embakasi South (1)

In Mombasa the cases are spread in Mvita (9), Changamwe (4), Kisauni (4), Jomvu (3), Likoni (3) and Nyali (1).

The three cases in Kiambu were reported in Kabete, Kikuyu, Ruiru and Juja.

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Namanga accounted for two cases in Kajiado with Kitengela recording a single case. The two cases in Kisumu were picked from a quarantine facility.

Kagwe said the two coronavirus cases confirmed in Kisumu were imported from Nairobi by people who had traveled for a burial.

He said some coronavirus patients are admitted across 35 various health facilities, 7 of which are in critical condition, 4 under ventilator support and 3 on supplemental oxygen.

Three patients succumbed to the virus raising the death toll to 55.

CS Kagwe said all the three fatalities had underlying conditions, two having had diabetes while the third had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

On a positive note the health ministry said three more patients had been discharged after recovering, bringing the total number of recoveries to 408.

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