Great relief as 225 more recover from Corona disease

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 00:00 |
Chief Administrative Secretary for Health Rashid Aman addresses the media on coronavirus. Photo/PD/John Ochieng

Some 225 patients were yesterday discharged after recovering from Corona disease, raising hope that the country is on the right path regarding the fight against the deadly virus.

Data from the Ministry of Health has showed an increase in the number of Coronavirus recoveries.

Although Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman  and Acting Director General of  Health Patrick Amoth cautioned that “we are not yet out of the woods,” the day’s report presented a ray of hope particularly on child mortality rate.

While the number of confirmed cases now stands at 32, 557, the number of recoveries has risen to 18, 895. 

According to the ministry, 768 children, below 10 years have so far contracted the virus since the first reported case in March. Some four have also succumbed to the disease.

A proportion of infected children, albeit small, develop severe disease often with prolonged intensive care, and sometimes with fatal outcome, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement read on his behalf by Dr Aman.

“We have recorded 768 children under the age of 10 years as Covid-19 positive, out of which four have died.

On the other hand, 430 under the age of five years have been confirmed  positive and the deaths in this group are two,” said Kagwe.

He said that 193 more people, including a two-month old baby had been confirmed  positive following tests conducted on some 3, 381 samples in the last 24 hours. The oldest is an 87-year-old.

However, it was also apparently clear that the number of samples being tested had dropped significantly in the last few days. 

Since March,  425, 364 people have been tested for the virus, which is relatively low. 

Yesterday, Dr Amoth described the next four weeks as critical in the fight against the disease.

Six more  patients succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours pushing the number of deaths to 554.

Dr Amoth explained that the curve will be said to have flattened if the country manages to keep positivity rate below five  per cent for at least 14 days in line with World Health Organisation guidelines.

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