Kenya records highest single-day COVID-19 case spike

The Chief Administrative Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Health, Rashid Aman, flanked by other top health officials at Wednesday’s press briefing on COVID-19 in Nairobi. /Photo courtesy: Ministry of Health – Kenya

Kenya has recorded its highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 infections after the health ministry announced 184 new cases.

The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Rashid Aman, announced the figure in a press briefing in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Aman said the East African country’s numbers were increasing because of community transmission, noting that one more county had registered a case of the disease.

40 of Kenya’s 47 counties have recorded COVID-19 cases even as the government reiterates calls for stronger measures in the county level.

Kenya has now reported a total of 4,044 COVID-19 infections with 107 deaths.

The country reported its first infection on March 12 and initially saw a slow build up in cases, but is now seeing an increase in new daily cases.

In a bid to stop further spread of COVID-19, the Kenyan government imposed a nationwide curfew and a partial lockdown, but these measures were eased last month as the country’s economy took a battering from the restrictions. Schools, churches and institutions were also ordered shut as the government banned public gatherings.

The current set of restrictions is due to end in early July, but fears remain the situation may not be contained by then.

Beyond Kenya, Africa has reported more than 252,000 cases and over 6,700 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.