Kenya records 2,021 COVID-19 cases as State mulls reopening of churches

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo courtesy]

Kenya on Monday crossed the 2,000 mark in the number of total coronavirus cases confirmed.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Monday announced that 59 more people tested positive in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of the cases to 2,021.

He said that ministry tested 1,518 samples. So far, a total of 80,054 samples have been tested.

Twenty-four of the new cases are female and 35 are male aged between 10 – 76.

Nairobi had 29 cases, Mombasa (14), Turkana (6), Busia (4), Taita Taveta (2), Kajiado (2), Kiambu (1) and Kilifi (1).

Eight of the cases in Ruaraka, Nairobi were from quarantine. Westlands had six cases while Dagoretti North had (4), Langata ( 4) and Kibra (3).

Embakasi East, Karasani, Kamkunji and Makadara have one case each.

Kagwe said that eight more people were discharged bringing the total number of recovered patients to 482.

However, one more person, aged 69, passed bringing the total number of deaths to 69.

The cases continue to rise even as the government mulls on relaxing some COVID-19 measures.

In his speech during the 57th Madaraka Day celebrations in Nairobi President Uhuru Kenyatta hinted at the reopening of churches.

He tasked the Ministry of Interior led by Dr Fred Matiang’i to come up with a framework to allow for the reopening of all places of worship.
The framework will ensure that all safety standards are clearly spelt out and that they are followed.

Uhuru also directed the Ministry of Education to work together with the Interior Ministry in finalizing protocols for the resumption of learning in schools.

“Education sector should finalise the consultations to give us an appropriate calendar for the schools to guarantee not only the safety of children but also parents. This disease is here with us and every Kenyan must take the responsibility to ensure that all is well,” Uhuru maintained.