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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe who issued the daily status update on the pandemic from Kisii County noted a continued trend of a disproportionate number of infections among men, urging them to take serious the measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus/MOH/FILE

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16 deaths as Kenya records 723 new COVID cases

NAIROBI, Kenya July 31 – Kenya recorded 16 new virus deaths Friday as positive cases surged to 20,636.

The country’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 723 new positive cases were detected from 8,679 samples tested in 24 hours.

“We continue to record high numbers of positive cases and that is why we are pleading that you must take care of yourself,” Kagwe said, “today, we have 723 new cases and 16 deaths.”

And he warned that coronavirus does not discriminate on age, having killed people in their 30’s.

“You must not be an old person or with diabetes to get COVID-19,” he warned, “it does not discriminate.”

The 6 new deaths increased the country’s death toll so far to 341.

He stressed that the notion that the disease was only fatal to the old generation was a fallacy and urged Kenyans regardless of their age bracket to be vigilant.

Kenya has so far recorded 20, 636 cases since March when the first case was confirmed in the country.

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Of the new cases, 700 are Kenyans and 23 are foreigners.

44 patients were also discharged on Friday raising recoveries in the country so far to 8,165.

24 were under the home-based care treatment systems while 20 were discharged from various hospitals.

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