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19 Dead as Kenya’s Covid-19 Cases Rise to 31,015

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During the daily COVID-19 briefing at Afya House on Wednesday, August 19, Health CAS Mercy Mwangagi announced that 3, 867 samples were tested in the same period of time.

Of the 379 cases tested, 223 are male and 156 are female while the youngest case is 1-year- old and the oldest is aged 87.

Health Ministry Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi addressing the media on April 21, 2020FILE

The distribution of cases is as follows; Nairobi (219), Kiambu (40), Uasin Gichu (28), Kajiado (14), Machakos (13), Kisumu (10), Mombasa (7), Kericho (6), Bomet (5), Baringo (5), Nandi and Nyeri (4) cases each, Isiolo (3), Narok (3), Busia (2), Garisa (2) and Homa bay (2).

At the same time, 244 patients have been discharged from hospital bringing the total number of recovered cases to 17612. 76 of the patients are from health facilities while 168 are from the home-based care program.

Regrettably, 19 patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 506.

“One died in the household,” Mwangangi disclosed.

She added that 18 of the patients had underlying health conditions which are mostly diabetes and hypertension.

The CAS complained that there was a rise of cases recorded among young people and urged them to be more careful.

“A 28-year-old is among those who passed on. We are all duty bound to take care of each other but the duty is yours as a Kenyan,” she advised.