State House coronavirus cases rise to 16, 10 deaths recorded Thursday

State House
State House Nairobi. [Photo courtesy]

Kenya recorded the highest number of coronavirus deaths on Thursday at 10 raising the figures to 117.

This is the highest number since the first COVID-19 death was reported in mid-March.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman on Thursday in his brief said that 213 new cases were confirmed it the last 24 hours.

The government through the Ministry of Health tested 6,024 samples.

Dr Aman said that the high number of cases recorded is as a result of the high number of samples tested.

Kenya’s cumulative tests now stand at 130,498.

The oldest patient out of the 213 confirmed cases is aged 73 while the youngest is one year old.

On a brighter note, 106 people have been discharged. The cumulative recoveries are 1,459.

The high number of cases recorded on Thursday came as reports from an insider at State House intimated that the positive cases have risen to 16 from four on Tuesday.

“We have so far 16 cases that have turned positive from the virus with four of us living within the compound and the rest outside,” the source told People Daily.

Four of the 16 live within the precincts of State House while 12 live elsewhere.

The government has since imposed strict measures in State House to curb the spread of the virus.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family are, however, safe.