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Kenyans Celebrate Madaraka Day virtually even as Covid 19 numbers rise

The  government has called upon Kenyans to be focused and not allow complacency to get the better of them as the fight of Covid 19 in the country continues.

The  Health Cabinet Secretary (CS), Mutahi Kagwe in a statement on Monday said it is important for all to continue to abide by the various regulations and observe the containment measures advocated for by the Ministry of Health.

“The measures remain the washing of hands, maintaining of social and physical distance, high standards of hygiene and proper wearing of masks among others, as well as staying healthy, by regular exercising and eating foods that are rich in vitamins, as we combat this virus”, he said

Today, the CS noted that 59 people have tested positive for the virus from 1,518 samples, that were tested in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total case load in the country to date at 2,021, and samples that have been tested since on set is 80,054.

The positive cases are distributed in the counties as follows; Nairobi, 29, Mombasa, 14, Turkana, 6, Busia, 4, Taita Taveta, 2, Kajiado, 2, Kiambu and Kilifi, 1 case each.

In  terms of distribution at Sub County level, in Nairobi, Ruaraka,8 , all of them from mandatory quarantine facility, Westlands, , Dagoretti North and Langata, 4 each , Kibra, 3, while Embakasi East, Karasani, Kamkunji and Makadara, all have case each.

In  Mombasa, the 14 cases are distributed Mvita, six 6 , Kisauni, Nyali, Jomvu and Changamwe, 2 cases each and in Turkana, all the 6 are at Nadapal Point of Entry.

The cases in Busia are from Malaba POE, 3, and Alupe quarantine, one 1, while the two cases in Taita Taveta are from Mwatate. In Kajiado, the two cases are from Kajiado East; in Kiambu, the one case is from Thika and finally Rabai in Kilifi with one case.

Kagwe added that the age range of the cases is1 0 years for the youngest, and 76 years old for the oldest, while twenty-four (24) of them are females, and thirty-five (35) are males.

“We are glad that our number of recoveries continues to grow. We have today discharged another 8 patients who have recovered from the disease. This brings the total number of recoveries to 482”, he said.

Today however, Kagwe said that the country has lost 5 more patients who succumbed to the disease from facilities in Mombasa and Nairobi and thus this number elevates case fatality rate to 69.

The  CS  said that as Kenya celebrates 57th Madaraka Day as a Nation today , it is important to recognize that, unlike any other time in the past, this year’s event has been celebrated in a unique way due to corona virus pandemic which has disrupted several aspects of the social, political and economic lifestyles.

“We are however, confident that together, we shall be able to defeat this virus, and let our lives get back to normal. Despite the war and the campaign being far from over.

By  Wangari  Ndirangu

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