Kenya reports 345 new COVID-19 cases, four more deaths

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Health workers personal protective equipment (PPE) record the details of residents, as they stand at social distance to each other, during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Halfway through Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyattas second term his pledge of transforming the economy through manufacturing, farming, health care and low-cost housing have been slow to show results, and the coronavirus pandemic could now reduce that to little more than an election promise. Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kenya rose to 106,470 after the Ministry of Health reported 345 new cases on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Health workers record the details of residents during a COVID-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“Today 345 people have tested positive to the coronavirus disease, out of a sample size of 5,550 tested in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed positive cases are now 106,470. The cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,306,601,” the ministry said in a statement.

The last two weeks have seen the country witness a steady rise in cases with a total of 3,304 cases reported. The 410 cases reported on February 26 was the highest number of daily cases reported since December 23.

According to the ministry, 378 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,494 patients are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

The death toll in the country also rose to 1,863 after four more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries rose by 165 to stand at 86,860.

“143 patients have recovered from the disease, 121 from the Home Based and Isolation Care, while 22 are from various health facilities bringing the total recoveries now stand at 86,860,” the ministry added.

Kenya is currently under a nightly curfew, between 10pm and 4am, until March 12 as part of the government’s measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Other measures in place include a ban on political and roadside gatherings and overnight events and vigils.

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