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COVID cases on the rise in Kenya with 268 new infections, 3 deaths

NAIROBI, Kenya July 2 – Kenya is fast approaching her peak for COVID-19, following a high number of infections recorded since last week.

A day after recording 307 cases, the highest on a single day, authorities said 268 new infections were recorded on Thursday. This raises the country’s caseload to 6,941.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman said the new cases were recorded from 2,074 samples tested since Wednesday.

20 more patients were also discharged, raising the number of recoveries in the country to 2,109.

“Let me remind you that the battle ahead is tough. There is still much to be done and our country has the determination, solidarity and the tools to flatten the COVID-19 curve,” he said, “We can only achieve this if we pay attention to the data and public health interventions at hand.”

The new cases reported Thursday include a one year old and an 80-year-old, a confirmation that the virus does not discriminate on age.

“Please let us always maintain social and physical distancing, proper wearing of face masks in public places, and avoid any form of social and political gatherings,” he said.

Fatality cases rose to 152 after 3 more patients succumbed while undergoing treatment.

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While the anticipation of re-opening the country is high, medics have warned of a surge in the numbers in the coming weeks, with the peak projected for September in what has dashed hopes of the country re-opening schools.

All eyes will be on President Uhuru Kenyatta on July 6, when he is expected to issue new measures of review the current night curfew and cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties.

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