Turkana joins counties with COVID-19 cases as tally hits 1,286

Chief Administrative Secretary In the Ministry Of Health Dr Mercy Mwangangi. [Photo Nation]

Turkana County has joined the list of counties that have recorded at least one case of COVID-19.

One person tested positive on Monday. Twenty-four counties have now recorded coronavirus cases since March.

On Monday, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi announced that 72 people tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours bringing the total number in the country to 1,286.

A total of 2,711 samples were tested.  Of the 70 new cases, 70 are Kenyan, one a Somali national and another one a Ugandan.

Forty-four are mare and 28 are female.

Nairobi and Mombasa continue registering a high number of cases. Most of the deaths reported are from these two counties.

The government has already imposed a total lockdown in Eastleigh and Old Town which it identified as hotspots of coronavirus. The cessation of movement in the two towns is set to end on June 6.

A fortnight ago, the government extended the dusk to dawn curfew in the country by a further 21 days to contain the spread of the virus which is at its peak.