Kenya records lowest infections in three months

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 00:00 |
Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi. Photo/File

The country yesterday recorded the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in three months.

In the daily brief yesterday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 48 new cases of Covid-19 raising the country’s total case load to 36,205 from a sample of 1,081 tested in the last 24 hours.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi confirmed all were Kenyans with 31 being male, 17 females and the youngest a 12 -year-old infant and  oldest a 75-year-old. 

She said 176 patients had recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 23,243.

A total of 45 of those discharged were from the home-based programme, while 131 were discharged from various health facilities.

“Our recovery rate is at 64 per cent compared to the global rate at 72 per cent,” noted Acting Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth.

He explained that Kenya scored below the global recovery rate due to lags in reporting.

 Home-based care

“We are at the forefront of implementing home-based isolation and care and we must get data from the lowest level.

Sometimes reporting lags behind,” said Amoth, adding that if all recoveries were accounted for, Kenya would match the global rate.

 Alarmingly for the second day, Mombasa continued to lead in the daily positivity rate, recording 20 cases in the last 24 hours.

On Sunday, Mombasa recorded the highest number of the 188 new coronavirus.

Mwangangi said her ministry had set up teams to “closely monitor the situation” to determine what was happening in the coastal county.

Other counties with new cases include; Nairobi 15, Tharaka Nithi four, Kiambu two, Kilifi two and Homabay one.

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