6 months old baby among new Covid-19 cases total number now at 1109

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

On Thursday, May 21, Kenya’s confirmed Covid-19 case surged to 1,109 after 80 more people tested positive for the virus in the preceding 24 hours.

“Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Kenya with 80 new positive cases confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 1109,” said Health CS Mutahi.

Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House, the CS stated that 3,102 samples had been tested during the period bringing the total samples tested in the country to 52,507.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe further said Kenya has increased its testing capacity by 40 per cent in the last two weeks.

Nairobi and Mombasa county continue to be the be the epicenters of Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Of the new cases 41 are from Nairobi while 20 are from Mombasa county.

Six(6) from Siaya county, seven(7) from Kwale county and three(3) are Somali nationals.

A total of 13 new cases are from Kibera.

Siaya’s cases have risen to seven, with the county’s first case originating from a person who travelled from Kibera for a burial.

The CS also announced that 9 more people had been discharged after recovering, bringing the total recoveries to 375.

“Even as our cases continue to rise we are glad to inform you that we have discharged 9 patients from hospital and that our fatality number still stands at 50,” stated the CS.

On the same note, the CS also stated that the number of total fatalities in the country stands at 50.

While addressing the press, Dr. Amoth said that the country is yet to experience it’s worst as far as the pandemic is concerned. He projected that August-September will be the peak of infections.

“According to our current modelling, we project our peak will be around August-September where will be reporting about 200 cases per day,” said Dr. Amoth.