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Nairobi records 240 new cases of COVID

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Nairobi County recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases Saturday.

Health Ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman said 36 other cases were recorded in Kajiado, 16 in Migori, 15 in Machakos and Nakuru 14.

Nyeri had 5 new cases, Kisumu, Uasin Gichu and Mombasa had 3 cases each and Trans Nzoia 2. Murang’a, Meru, Kakamega, Kisii and Siaya had 1 case each.

Kenya recorded 375 cases Saturday, pushing the caseload further to 16,643 days to the projected August peak of infections.

The country has consistently recorded triple-digit cases for the past week, with the Health Ministry warning that the worst is yet to come.

“We continue to record a high number of coronavirus cases,” said Dr Rashid Aman, a Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health when he released new figures Saturday, “today we have confirmed 375 cases.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta has already summoned a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday, to chat the way forward on mitigation measures due to the surge.

A night curfew declared three months ago is still in force, with new directives expected on August 6.

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On Saturday, the Ministry of Health said 24 of the new cases were foreigners among them 3 Americans, 2 Chinese, and a Dutch.

The youngest was aged 5 months and the oldest 90 years.

51 patients were discharged from various hospitals and 74 others on home-based care cleared, Dr Aman said.

Fatalities rose to 278 after 4 more patients succumbed to the virus, the ministry said.

Globally, 16 million people had been infected by July 25, with recorded deaths standing at over 643,000.

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