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Covid-19: Numbers on the rise as 685 people test positive

Health & Science - By Mireri Junior | October 18th 2020 at 04:48:08 GMT +0300

Kenya has recorded 685 more Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of cases to 44,881.

Speaking during the daily update on the Covid-19 situation in the country, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (pictured) on Sunday the new cases are from 4,912 bringing the total number of samples tested so far to 621,976.

From the cases, 635 are Kenyans and 50 are foreigners while 456 are male and 229 female

On gender distribution, 456 are male while 229 are females with the youngest case being a one-year-old and the oldest patient is 99

Covid 19 Time Series


On a positive note, 105 people recovered from the disease with 73 from home-based care programme while 32 from various hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 31,857.

On a sad note, seven people have succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 832.

Kagwe has urged Kenyans to adhere to the ministry’s containment measures such as wearing of face masks, frequently wash their hands and maintain social distance.

"Let us not go back to the normal behaviour because if we do, it will hurt us," he said.

The spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, according to Kagwe was brought about by the relaxing of Covid-19 containment measures coupled with the lack of failure to observe the virus containment measures.

"I can tell you we are headed for the second wave and Kenyans must not think we are free," he said.

Kagwe revealed that in the last 24 hours 54 per cent of all Covid-19 cases are in age group 20-39 with the majority of Covid-19 deaths are above the age of 58.

Earlier today, The National Emergency Response Committee held a crisis meeting in a bid to come up with a new raft of measures in the wake of rising Covid-19 infections.

The meeting comes amid fears Kenya might be headed into a second wave infection as seen in the statistics in the past few weeks.


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