Kenya’s COVID-19 cases exceed 69,000 as 1,080 test positive

A health worker takes swab sample from a girl during COVID-19 mass testing exercise in Kangemi, Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Oct. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Joy Nabukewa)
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

Kenya’s total case load of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 69,273 on Saturday as 1,080 new cases were reported after analyzing 8,322 samples in the last 24 hours, the Health ministry said.

Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also reported that 21 more patients had succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll to 1,249.

The total number of recoveries rose to 45, 414 after 542 more patients were declared cured.  CS Kagwe said 262 of them recovered in the home-based care programme while 280 were treated in hospital.

As of November 14, Kenya had tested a total of 783,304 samples for the disease, after confirming its first case on March 13.