Kenya records 442 new COVID-19 cases as fears of second wave emerge

Dr Rashid Aman
Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman. [Photo Star]

Friday recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks as 442 people tested positive for the virus bringing the total number of cases in the country to 40,620.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said that they tested 5,327 samples in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of samples tested since March to 580,039

Of the positive cases, 419 were Kenyans while 23 were foreigners. 286 were male and 156 were female while the youngest case was three years old and the oldest was aged 86.

On a bright note, 166 people recovered, 140 who were from home-based care programme. The total number of recoveries now stand at 30,876.

Sadly, four patients succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of deaths to 755.

Nakuru led with the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours with 94 cases followed by Nairobi with (80), Mombasa (47), Uasin Gishu (22), Embu (20), Kisumu (20), Turkana (18), Trans Nzoia (14), Meru (15), Kisii (13).

Dr Aman warned that ignorance would lead to a second wave of the disease.

“This is not the time to put down your guard,” Dr Aman said. “Please avoid all sorts of social and political gathering as well as wear your mask and maintain social distancing.”

Speaking of political rallies, Dr Aman warned that they are harbor grounds in spreading the virus.

He appealed to Kenyans to stay away from such events

Dr Aman cautioned Kenyans against attending political rallies, saying they create the best environment for the spread of the virus.