15 teachers from Mombasa contract COVID-19, two schools shut down

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Coronavirus test. [Photo courtesy]

Kenya recorded 497 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 46,144.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a statement on Wednesday said that 4,888 samples were tested. This now brings the total cases in the country to 632,669.

Out of the 497 cases, 471 were Kenyans and 26 were foreigners. From this, 295 were male while 202 were female with the youngest being a one-year-old infant while the oldest was 88 years. 

Another 238 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. Of these 170 were from home-based care programme while 68 were from various hospitals in the country.

The total number of recoveries is now 32,760.

Sadly, 16 patients succumbed to the virus bringing the total number of deaths to 858.

Nairobi led with 227 cases, Machakos 64, Mombasa 51, Uasin Gishu 37, Laikipia 28, Busia 19, Kajiado 11, Embu 10, Nakuru 9, Wajir 7, Kiambu 6, Kilifi 6, Kisumu 4, Nyeri 4, Makueni 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Meru 2, Kisii 2, Turkana 2, Narok 1, Homabay 1 and Kakamega 1.

Still on matters coronavirus, learning in two schools at the Coast was suspended after 15 teachers tested positive for coronavirus.

Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said that there were 11 teachers from Tononoka High School and four from Star of the Sea High School who tested positive.

This forced the institutions to be closed until further notice.