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Kenya records 307 new COVID cases, highest on a single day

NAIROBI, Kenya July 1 – Kenya recorded 307 positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the highest on a single day since March when the pandemic broke out in the country.

“Our numbers have started to increase and today we have 307 positive cases,” said Dr Rashid Aman, a Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health. “This now raises our caseload to 6,673.”

He said the new cases were detected from 3,591 samples tested since Tuesday.

“I urge all Kenyans to play their part in helping bring the curve down,” he pleaded, announcing that 50 patients had been discharged after recovering.

Kenya has so far discharged 2,089 patients.

“Sadly, we lost one patient,” he said, raising fatalities so far to 149.

154 of the new positive cases were detected in Nairobi followed by Mombasa which had 38 cases. Kiambu recorded 20 cases.

The government has warned of increased infections unless protocols issued by the Ministry of Health are adhered to fully.

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A night curfew was declared in the country two months ago, and was renewed last month until July 6 when President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to issue new guidelines or review the existing ones.

Schools, churches bars and any form of large gathering of more than 20 people is banned in the country.

On Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said a decision to re-open schools will be informed by the trend of the COVID-19 curve.

He said the ministry has been consulting experts and stakeholders in the sector including parents, who are opposed to re-opening schools until the curve is flattened.

The government had indicated a likelihood of re-opening learning institutions in September, but since that is the projected peak period, chances of resuming studies is slim.

Government officials have said the country is gearing up to re-open other key sectors, like the tourism industry, starting with the domestic market.

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