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Covid-19 numbers continue soaring as 98 new cases are recorded

By Judah Ben-Hur | September 21st 2020 at 15:44:57 GMT +0300

Kenya has recorded 98 new positive coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours increasing the caseload to 37,079.

Out of the 98 cases coming from a sample size of 1,644, only two are foreigners while the rest are Kenyans. 63 of those infected are male while 35 are females. Still in the demographics, the oldest person who contracted the virus in the past 24 hours is 75 years and the youngest is aged 9.

Unfortunately, two people have died over the past 24 hours bringing the total death toll to 650.

62 patients also recovered from the bug. This implies that the total number of recoveries is 23,949. 44 of those who recovered have come from home based-care while 18 have been discharged from different health institutions.

Nairobi leads with 32 cases followed by Mombasa with 20, Meru 8, Uasin Gishu 8, kiambu 5, Kisumu 4, Migori 4, Machakos 4, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Kilifi, Taita, Murang’a each with 2 cases and Garissa , Kwale, Embu, Nakuru and Samburu one case each.

Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing, Dr Rashid Aman highlighted that people suffering from dementia are one of the most affected groups during the pandemic.

“Many people with dementia have been hit hard when exposed to the virus. This is because they cannot remember the containment measure that ere critical to the fight against the virus,” said Dr Aman.

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With 50 million people living with dementia globally and one person developing the disease every three seconds, Dr Aman expressed his joy and confidence in Kenya’s involvement in the stride project aimed to strengthening response to dementia in developing countries.

“The Ministry of Health is working closely with World Health Organization and other partners towards developing the National Dementia action plan positioning Kenya among the first countries in Africa to develop such a plan,” said Dr. Aman.

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