Kenya confirms 72 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 2,093

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-02 23:31:21|Editor: huaxia

NAIROBI, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Ministry of Health said Tuesday 72 more people tested positive to COVID-19, increasing the national tally to 2,093.

Rashid Aman, chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health, said the latest cases were detected after testing 2,892 samples in the last 24 hours.

Aman noted that during the period, 17 patients recovered after being treated in various health facilities in the country, bringing the total number of recoveries to 499.

He however announced that two patients, unfortunately, died while undergoing treatment, bringing the total number of fatalities related to the disease to 71 since the outbreak was reported in the country.

"COVID-19 disease remains a serious threat to the well-being of our people, and the country at large. Our fight against it has achieved results, but we are still not out of the woods yet," Aman told journalists in Nairobi.

The east African nation has so far tested 82,946 samples since the disease was detected in the country in mid-March.

Kenya has so far enforced dusk to dawn curfew and banned traveling to and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Mandera counties to contain the spread of the disease.

The government has also increased testing at the border towns as well as intensified mass testing in high-risk areas within Nairobi and Mombasa as part of efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic. Enditem