100-year-old battling coronavirus as 2.6 million Kenyans are exposed

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Coronavirus test. [Photo courtesy]

A 100-year-old patient is the oldest Kenya has confirmed to test positive for coronavirus since March.

The patient is among the 247 coronavirus cases that were recorded on Friday bringing the number of infections recorded in Kenya to 7,188.

A total of 4,147 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Hitherto, the government has tested 180,206 samples.

Five of the new cases are foreigners while 242 are Kenyans. 164 are male and 83 are female. The youngest is one-year-old.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said that 39 patients were discharged from hospital. The total recoveries are now 2,148.

Sadly, the death toll inched to 154 after two patients died from COVID19.

As the number continues increasing, the Ministry of Health has warned that these high numbers of positive cases will spike up to December before the curve comes down beginning January 2021.

A study conducted by Kemri-Wellcome Trust indicated that 2.6 million Kenyans have been exposed to coronavirus.

The Trust said that the study was conducted from 2,535 blood samples collected from different parts of the country.

From the samples, Kemri developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) which focused on spike protein of SARS-CoV-2.

From the findings, Kemri researchers deduced that the antibodies determined if or not one was exposed to the novel coronavirus or not.

“There is a large gap between the confirmed test cases identified by Rapid Response Teams in testing and tracing, and the numbers of individuals in the population that we believe have been exposed,” part of the Kemri-Wellcome trust report read.

Nairobi and Rift Valley recorded the highest prevalence with 550,000 and 510,000 people, followed by Nyanza with 490,000. Central region had 370,000, Eastern 320,00, Western 220,000 and finally Coast region with 200,000.