Kenya reports 65 new COVID-19 cases as total edges towards 100,000

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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

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kenya rose to 99,227 after the Ministry of health reported 65 new cases on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: A health worker takes a nasopharyngeal swab sample from a resident during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“65 people have tested positive to the disease, out of a sample size of 2,681 tested in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed positive cases are now 99,227. The cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,128,360,” the ministry said.

The ministry added there were 697 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,680 were under the Home-based Isolation and Care program.

“28 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 13 of whom are on ventilatory support and 12 on supplemental oxygen. three are under observation. 11 other patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 10 of them in the general wards. 1 patient is in the High Dependency Unit,” the ministry said.

The number of recoveries also rose to 82,427 after 77 more patients recovered from the deadly disease. 60 of those patients were from the Home-based Isolation and Care program while 17 were from various health facilities.

Three more people succumbed to the disease pushing the overall death toll to 1,743.

Kenya, the second worst-affected country in East Africa, recently extended certain measures, such as the closure of bars and the night-time curfew, to control the spread of the pandemic, while imposing some tougher measures, such as the mandatory wearing of face masks when using public transport.

Authorities have urged the public to continue observing health guidelines and protocols, which include: the proper wearing of face masks, physical distancing, regular washing of hands with soap and water or the frequent use of appropriate sanitizers, and the regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.

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