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719 test positive for coronavirus, pushing national tally to over 62,000

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy JAEL MBOGA | 5 months ago
By JAEL MBOGA | 5 months ago

 Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in Nairobi on July 31, 2020. [David Gichuru,Standard]

Some 719 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya in the last 24 hours.

In a statement on Sunday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the over 700 tested positive for the virus from a sample size of 4,732.

The positive cases now push the national tally to 62,488. From the positive cases, 685 are Kenyans and 34 are foreigners.

The youngest of the positive cases is a five-month-old infant, while the oldest is 81.

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Nairobi still continues to lead, recording 336 new cases, followed by Mombasa (84), Busia (50) and Kiambu (45).

The cases in Nakuru, which had started surging, seem to have gone low, with the county recording 18 new Covid-19 cases.

CS Kagwe also said 912 patients have recovered, 782 from the home-based care programme and 130 discharged from various hospitals. The national tally on recoveries now stands at 41,931.

Unfortunately, eight patients succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 1,111.

As the number on infections and deaths continue to rise, Kenyans, as the rest of the world, are learning to live with the pandemic and adapt to the nw way of life.

The rising numbers have been linked to residents' fatigue on dealing with the pandemic as well as the laxity in implementing measures set aside by the Ministry of Health to reduce virus spread.

Some of the rules include public transport vehicles carrying at half capacity. However, a spot check shows not all matatu crew observe the half capacity regulation.

Many Kenyans still do not wear their masks correctly, with some having them permanenly on their chins or pockets.

In his last address, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a curfew that starts at 10pm until 4am. Bars were ordered to close by 9pm, but many revellers still seem to violate this rule, among others.

Tens of revellers were locked in bars last week as police moved to arrest those flouting Covid-19 protocols in Murang’a.

In the raid, the police arrested 10 suspects in Mukuyu market following intelligence reports that they had been locked in one of the rooms when police approached.

At the market centre, more than 50 revellers were forced to flee through the backdoors to evade arrest, with the majority leaving behind their vehicles in the parking lot.

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