Seven Covid-19 patients die as numbers continue to rise

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Jul 15th 2020 at 17:49
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The Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced that seven Covid-19 patients had lost their lives.

This brings the number of fatalities to 209. 461 new Coronavirus cases were also reported in the country.

Ever since the cessation of movement order was lifted, Kenya has continued to record high infection rates in major towns, something the Ministry says is cause for alarm.

On Wednesday the distribution by counties was as follows;

Nairobi 248, Machakos 97 Kiambu 20 Kajiado 15 Migori 14 Busia 12 Nakuru 11 Laikipia 7 Nyeri 7 Kilifi 6 Lamu 4 Uasin Gishu 4 Kakamega 3 Kisii 3 Kisumu have 2 Makueni 2 Mombasa 1 Taita Taveta 1 Bomet 1

Experts have warned that the country is approaching its peak and urged Kenyans to strictly adhere to the set guidelines.

On Tuesday, Prof Omu Anzala, a leading scholar in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Nairobi, asked Kenyans to avoid restaurants during this period.

Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Prof Anzala said the surge in Covid-19 cases recorded in recent days is proof that Kenyans have thrown caution to the wind.

“Restaurants are high risk because you cannot eat and talk while wearing a mask. Stay away from restaurants for now.

“Order your food in whichever way you can or eat at home. Places with poor ventilation like toilets are high risk,” he said.

Prof Anzala further stated that at the moment, testing should be targeted high risk areas such as health facilities should be given priority.

His sentiments were echoed by Dr Lukoye Atwoli who said it is pointless to conduct mass testing at the moment since community transmission is widespread.

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