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72 patients Recover From Covid 19

At least 72 patients were on Friday released from hospital after fully recovering from Covid 19 Infection.
The latest figure now brings to 1,164, the total number of those who have so far recovered from the highly contagious disease.
Giving an update of the Covid 19 situation in the country at the KICC, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Rashid Aman said this was good news and a clear indication that the country can overcome the disease.
“Coronavirus disease is not a death sentence. One can recover! Despite this, we continue to appeal to Kenyans to adhere to the containment measures, if we are to flatten our infection curve” , he noted.
Regarding testing, the CAS said that out of the 2,419 samples tested in the last 24 hours, 90 people have tested positive for Covid 19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,305 and so far 108,666 tests done so far in the country.
“All of the positive cases are Kenyans, with 62 of them being males and 28 females. The youngest in the group is 14 years old, while the oldest is 80.”, he added
The CAS further said that the 90 cases are distributed in Nairobi which has (36)cases , Mombasa, (34), Busia, (12), Uasin Gishu, (3), while Kilifi, Garissa, Kisumu, Meru and Turkana have (1) case each.
By sub-counties, the cases in Nairobi are from; Kibra, (12), Makadara and Mathare, five (5) cases each, Kamukunji, four (4), Langata, three (3), Westlands and Embakasi Central, two (2) each, Dagoretti North, Embakasi West and Embakasi South one (1) each.
In Mombasa, the 34 cases are from; Mvita, (14), Kisauni, eight (8), Likoni, Jomvu and Changamwe four (4) cases each. In Busia, all the (12) cases are of truck drivers at Malaba border point.
Garissa has one (1) case from Garissa Township, Kilifi, one (1) case from Kilifi North, Kisumu one (1) case from Kisumu Central, Meru one (1) case from Imenti Central and Turkana one (1) case, Turkana west.
Dr. Rashid noted that unfortunately the country has also lost (4) people from the disease bringing the total number of fatalities to 96.
The CAS said that all must strictly observe the Covid-19 containment measures because they are the only known modes of behaviour to successfully fight the virus.
Dr. Francis Kuria, Director of health said that its becoming a concern for the government especially when most restaurants and eateries have decided to prolong the curfew time that was given to them.
Since the normal curfew was extended top 9.00 P.M, Dr. Kuria said a lot of restaurants have also extended their hours with most of them opening up until 10.00 pm instead of closing up by 4.00 pm as their protocol indicate citing this as unfortunate.
He explained that the ministry is currently reviewing the protocols on eaters and restaurants that will look at the timings upwards and this will be released in due course but warned that before they are done, Kenyans should be responsible and close up their restaurants according to the protocol which is 4 p.m.
‘Those disobeying this orders will see their permits withdrawn permanently and they should not bother re apply since we will make sure that it does not go through”, he said.
Dr. Kuria has also warned those who are flouting social distancing at funerals saying most have started going back to old times as though Covid has stopped.
“I want to urge those attending burials not to let more than 15 people participate and we are working with the law enforcement offices to ensure that this is adhered to” , he said
On the issue of homebased care isolation that was launched by the government two days ago, Dr. Kuria said that they had carried a pilot programme first that saw 299 people and 15 breast feeding mothers under the programme.
“About 288 have been released from the home based care and are back to society and they are safe . there is no use of stigmatization as this is a success story that the home based care protocol can indeed work”, Dr. Kuria assured.
By Wangari Ndirangu

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