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23 people dead in Kenya’s highest COVID-19 single day toll

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 1 – 23 people died in Kenya Saturday, the highest single day fatality toll since the pandemic broke out in March.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new deaths were recorded since Saturday.

“We also have 727 new COVID-19 positive cases,” Kagwe said, updating the country’s caseload to 21,363.

166 patients were also discharged from hospitals across the country, with 88 others cleared from home-based care after recovering from COVID-19, Kagwe said.

696 of the new infections are Kenyans while 21 are foreigners. 467 are males while 262 are female.

While reiterating that the disease does not discriminate on age, Kagwe announced that of the 23 deaths, 10 had no underlying condition, a worrying trend he underscored should be a concern to Kenyans.

“We are increasingly seeing younger and younger people passing away. They are continuing to do so even in homes and we want to urge that people stop socializing and stop going to gatherings because this is where this disease is spreading,” he said.

“Nobody has any idea when this virus is going to be killed or just go away, nobody knows and there is a limit to how much you can contain and close yourself even as you protect yourself,” he said.

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