Mombasa records highest coronavirus deaths at home, cases now at 963

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo courtesy]

The number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya has jumped to 963 after 51 people tested positive on Tuesday.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe while giving a detailed brief on the virus at Afya House on Tuesday said that the number of males affected by the virus is shockingly high compared to the number of females affected by the same.

He said that from the 1,933 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours, 32 of those who tested positive were males and 19 were female.

In terms of age, the 51 are aged between 2-63 years.

Of the 50 deaths reported so far, CS Kagwe stated that 15 of them were household deaths meaning they died while in their houses. A majority of them were reported in Mombasa.

He noted this is perilous because it puts other family members at risk of contracting coronavirus.

In terms of the spread of the disease in some areas Nairobi has the highest number of cases at 470 followed by Mombasa with 331 cases.

In total, 23 counties have recorded at least one COVID-19 cases.

The total number of those who have been discharged is now 358 after 22 more people were discharged.

Kagwe said that border tests have confirmed 214 coronavirus cases, 182 from Tanzania.

Four people came in through Isebania, 24 through Lunga Lunga, 126 from Namanga and five from Loitoktok.

All of these people were returned to Tanzania, Kagwe said.