NAIROBI, Kenya June 13 – COVID-19 cases rose to 3,457 in Kenya Saturday, after 152 new infections were recorded.
Dr Rashid Aman, the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health said the cases were detected from 3,503 samples tested since Friday.
“You can see these numbers are rising and that is a pointer that we need to take all the measures of protecting ourselves seriously,” he told a news conference.
He said 57 patients were also discharged on Saturday, raising the number of recoveries in the country to 1,221.
Dr Aman said all the new cases are Kenyans who contracted the virus within the communities.
“The more we restrict our movement or stay at home, the less we are exposing ourselves and the more we are protecting our families and our loved ones,” he said, “Observing these measures comes with the cost to all of us. It is not easy. We have to give up many of our freedoms and desires.”
Kenya is implementing tough restrictions since March when the first case was confirmed in the country, with a night curfew now starting at 9pm to 4am.
Movement into and out of the capital Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties are also restricted until July 6, when President Uhuru Kenyatta will issue new guidelines.
Other measures in the country include the closure of bars, with restaurants now allowed to operate between 4 am and 5pm.
With Nairobi accounting for 44 per cent of all infections in the country, the case load has increased by 70 new cases, followed by Mombasa with 41 cases.
On Saturday, Dr Aman said 57 COVID-19 patients had been discharged from various hospitals across the country, raising recoveries to 1, 221.
Fatalities also increased to 100, after 4 more patients succumbed to the disease.
According the Ministry of Health statistics, the virus is now confirmed in 38 counties out of 47.
“It is just a matter of time before the disease spreads to all the 47 counties,” Dr Aman warned.
The national government has already disbursed Sh5 billion to be spent by the counties in equipping hospitals, with an initial target of at least 300 isolation beds as the country gears up for the peak of the infections.