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Chris Ochieng, one of the KEMRI staff prepares to load samples in one of the two Cobas 6800 at the KEMRI Clinical Research Station in Kericho in August 2020. The facility has the capacity to conduct an average of 6000 samples on both manual and automated platforms in a 24 hour shift. Photo/KEMRI.

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Hope for COVID-19 patients in Kenya as 58 more discharged

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 2 – 58 COVID-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals countrywide Sunday, raising the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 8, 477.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the country had also recorded 690 new infections from COVID-19, raising the country’s caseload to 22,053.

“We are happy to inform that 58 patients have been discharged from various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 8,477. We congratulate our health care workers for this effort,” Kagwe said in a statement sent to newsrooms.

He said a six-month-old baby was among those who tested positive for the virus, with the oldest aged 83. There were 492 males and 198 females.

Fatalities also rose to 369 after five more patients succumbed to the virus.

Kagwe said public health officials had conducted tests from 5,393 samples since Saturday, raising the cumulative tests so far to 315,723.

Of the new cases, Nairobi County recorded the highest number of infections after posting 535 cases.

Westlands, Langata, Dagoretti North and South recorded the highest number of infections after posting 63, 44 and 43 cases each respectively.

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Kiambu County which is fast emerging as the country’s second epicenter of the disease recorded 56 cases.

Ruiru, Gatundu South and Kikuyu recorded the huge chunk of infections in the region after posting 15, 12 and 11 cases respectively.

On Friday, Kiambu County alone recorded 10 fatalities out of the 16 which had been reported.

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