Kenya records 1,068 new COVID-19 infections as government mulls second lockdown

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo: Star]

Kenya on Thursday recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 infections with 1,068 cases.

This now brings the total cases in the country to 47,212.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that 7,556 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

From the new cases 1,044 were Kenyans and 24 were foreigners. 

Further, 290 patients were discharged bringing the total recoveries to 33,050.

Sadly, 12 patients succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 870. 

Kenyans could be staring at the heightening of COVID-19 restrictions as cases continues to rise.

Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi on Thursday during an interview with KBC Chanel 1 said that the government is closely monitoring the situation.

Mwangangi averred that laxity and ignorance are part of the reasons why COVID-19 infections have increased lately.

“We have learnt that by natural human nature there is fatigue in adhering to certain measures. As a government we are looking at whether we should escalate containment measures. All options are on the table,” she stated.

She singled out cases in some counties where residents do not adhere to some containment measures such as wearing masks, and social distancing.

The CAS intimated that there are 49 patients in the ICU in different hospitals in the country fighting for their lives.

“The numbers are real….Experts are telling us we are not doing well, our curve is climbing,” she emphasized.

She pleaded with Kenyans not to drop their guard and always ensure they have their masks on and stay away from crowds warning that a second wave is imminent.