NAIROBI, Kenya June 24 – Infections in Kenya rose to 5,206 Wednesday, after 254 new cases were detected.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi said the new cases were detected from 4,859 samples tested since Tuesday.
“As you can see this disease is now spreading very fast in our community,” Dr Mwangangi said, “we continue to appeal to the public to strictly adhere to the protocols issued to remain safe.”
She said 127 cases were detected in Nairobi while 23 were in Mombasa, 29 in Migori, 22 in Kajiado, 12 in Kiambu and 9 in Busia.
There were also 5 cases in Using Gishu, 3 in Murang’a, 2 in Machakos and Kilifi with one case each in Nakuru, Siaya, Taita Taveta, Garissa, Isiolo, Kakamega and Kisii.
Dr Mwangangi said all the cases are Kenyans, with 186 male and 68 female. The youngest patient is a four-year-old while the oldest 92.
She urged Kenyans not to relent in observing containment measures set out by the government, saying the disease is now spreading at a high rate at the community level, particularly Mombasa and the capital Nairobi.
“The success in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic requires the active participation of each and every one of us in our own small way. But let us all remember that our first line of defence to beat the virus are the containment measures. Washing of hands with soap and running water, social and physical distancing, wearing of face masks at all times in public places, and avoiding all types of gatherings,” she said.
On Wednesday, 43 patients were discharged from various hospitals, raising recoveries in the country to 1,823.
Fatalities also increased to 130 after two more patients succumbed to the disease.