Tough orders issued against circumcision ceremonies as coronavirus cases hit 25,837

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo courtesy]

Some 699 new coronavirus cases were recorded on Saturday raising Kenya’s total cases to 25,837.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe while issuing the brief said that 7,175 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

Out of the 699 new cases, 675 are Kenyans and 24 are foreigners. The youngest was one year old and the oldest was 85 years.

427 were male and 272 were female.

On a good note, 781 patients recovered bringing the total of recovered patients to 11,899.

Patients under home-based programme were 656 while 125 were from hospital.

Sadly, five more patients succumbed to the virus bringing the death toll to 418.

Kagwe sounded a warning to those holding cultural circumcision ceremonies saying that they must adhere to the set protocols.

“We want to ensure that no circumcision ceremonies are held without the protocols that are required to save everyone,” Kagwe said.

Circumcision ceremonies are popular in Western Kenya

Kenya has continued to record high positive cases triggering a travel alert by US Department of State.

In the advisory issued early this week, the US advised her citizens planning on visiting Kenya to be cautious of Kenya’s health situation following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.