Seven more succumb to Covid-19

A healthcare worker uses a nasal swab to collect a sample from a man during Covid-19 mass testing in Kawangware on May 1, 2020.

Photo credit: Luis Tato | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Seven more patients have succumbed to Covid-19 in Kenya bringing the fatality to 707.
  • The Ministry of Health confirmed 210 more coronavirus cases in Kenya taking national tally to 38,378.

The Ministry of Health has announced that seven more patients have died of the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, increasing the overall death toll to 707.

In the last one week, Kenya recorded slightly less than 50 deaths with the highest number — 13 — recorded last Friday. On Thursday and Wednesday, 10 people succumbed to the virus.

But Health acting Director-General Patrick Amoth said the increase in the number of deaths and infection should not worry Kenyans, but they should adhere to the  preventive measures. “Our fatality still stands at 1.8 per cent against 3.2 per cent globally,"  he said. 

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In statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirmed 210 new cases of Covid-19 infection, raising the total number of infections to 38,378.

Nairobi, the national hotbed of the virus, recorded 55 new cases.

The capital was followed by Kericho (36), Kitui (24), Kiambu (21), Nakuru (19), Mombasa (15) and Kisumu (10).

Kisii, Kilifi, Turkana, Embu and Wajir had fewer than 10 and Machakos, Kakamega, Kwale, Nandi and Kajiado had one each.

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Mr Kagwe said 59 more patients recovered from Covid-19 taking the recoveries tally to 24,740.

He added that so far 545,019 Covid-19 tests have been taken across the country.