New COVID-19 cases double as schools reopen Monday next week

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo: Star]

The number of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday increased to 321 pushing the country’s total tally to 39,907.

In a statement, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that 4,342 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

Wednesday’s cases more than doubled, sparking fear among Kenyans about the safety of their children who are set to resume schooling on Monday, October 12.

Out of the new cases, 309 were Kenyans while 12 were foreigners. 183 are males and 138 females. The youngest was a nine-month-old infant while the oldest was 88 years.

A total of 4,328 patients recovered from the virus according to the Health Ministry. Of these, 4,222 were from the home-based programme and 106 from various hospitals.

This brings the total recoveries to 31,659. 

Sadly, five patients succumbed to the disease bringing the total fatalities to 748. 

Nairobi had 109 cases, Nakuru 377, Trans Nzoia 32, Mombasa 31, Kisumu 16, Narok 16, Kisii 15, Uasin Gishu 12, Meru 9, Kilifi 8, Kiambu 7, Siaya 5, Laikipia 5, Kajiado 4, Kericho 3, Machakos 2, Migori 2, Bomet 1, Homa Bay 1, Kitui 1, Lamu 1, Marsabit 1, Nandi 1, Nyandarua 1, and Tharaka Nithi 1.