12 people dead from COVID-19, Mediamax staff tests positive

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo courtesy]

For the first time, Kenya has recorded 12 deaths, the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during his daily brief on Monday indicated that these deaths were recorded from Nairobi. The total number of deaths is now 197.

Nine of the deceased died in hospital while three died at home

He also said that in the last 24 hours, 189 cases were recorded bringing the tally to 10,294. 

A total of 1,205 samples were tested in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 216,242 samples tested since March.

From the new cases, 106 are male while 83 are female. The youngest is five years and the oldest is 71 years old.

Nairobi had the highest number of cases with 147, followed by Kiambu with 20, Machakos 11, Kajiado 5, Mombasa 2, Uasin Gishu,  Kisumu,  Laikipia and Kericho have one case each.

Nairobi’s cases were distributed as follows: Dagoretti North (77), Embakasi East (10), Makadara (10), Embakasi South (9), Kibra (9), Embakasi West (6), Langata (4), Kamukunji and Kibra (2) cases each while Dagoretti South, Embakasi Central and Embakasi North have one case each.

In Kiambu which has recorded an increased number of cases over the recent weeks has its cases distributed in Kiambu Town (6), Kikuyu, Kabete, Kiambaa, Ruiru and Thika have 2 cases each.

Some 65 patients have been discharged. The total number of recovered patients is 2,946. 

Still on matters coronavirus, staff at Mediamax have been asked to self-isolate after an employee attached to the financed department tested positive for coronavirus.

CEO Ken Ngariuya in a memo dated July 12 said: “Please be informed that one employee in the Finance Department has tested positive for Covid-19 after exhibiting mild symptoms. The employee has already self-isolated in accordance with home-based care guidelines.”