Kenya records 13 more COVID-19 deaths

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A health worker dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a nasopharyngeal swab sample from a resident during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A health worker dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a nasopharyngeal swab sample from a resident during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The death toll in Kenya from the coronavirus rose to 682 on Friday after 13 more patients succumbed to the disease, the highest number recorded in a 24-hour period over the last few days.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, through a statement, said that 218 new cases had been confirmed after testing of 5,424 people.

This raised the country’s number of declared coronavirus infections since the first case was reported on March 13, to 37,707.

So far, the East African country has tested 532,729 samples for the virus.

CS Kagwe said 170 more patients had recovered, 91 in health facilities and 79 in the home-based care programme, raising the country’s total number of recovered patients to 24,504.

 

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