Kenya's COVID-19 cases soar to 1,029

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-21 00:10:40|Editor: huaxia

NAIROBI, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed 66 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 1,029.

Mutahi Kagwe, the Health Cabinet Secretary, said 64 of the latest patients are Kenyans while two are foreign nationals from Somalia and Rwanda.

Kagwe said the new infections are from 2,621 samples which were tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of samples that have been tested since the outbreak to 49,405.

He noted that Mombasa and Nairobi counties are leading with the highest number of the latest cases with 30 and 26 respectively.

The official noted that eight patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 366.

Kagwe also extended the cessation of movements in and out of Eastleigh residential estates in Nairobi and Old Town in the coastal city of Mombasa, which have recorded the highest cases of the virus.

"Malls, eateries, restaurants to remain closed and hawking prohibited until Saturday, the 6th June 2020," he added.

The official said that the extension has been necessitated to help contain the spread of the virus.

Kagwe, however, said that despite the increase in infections, Kenya has been able to keep the fatality rate at 5.6 percent against the global average that is 6.6 percent.

Kagwe called on Kenyans to adhere to the containment measures and regulations to reduce infections. Enditem