Roundup: Kenya's COVID-19 cases surpass 23,000

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-04 23:45:56|Editor: huaxia

NAIROBI, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that the country's total COVID-19 cases passed 23,000 mark after 605 people tested positive from 4,547 samples in the last 24 hours.

Rashid Aman, chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that the country now has a total of 23,202 COVID-19 cases.

Aman said that out of the latest cases, 582 are Kenyan nationals while 27 are foreigners.

He said 587 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours with 500 patients recovering from home-based care programs while 87 were discharged from various hospitals in the country.

Aman said that six Kenyans succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 388.

He said the country's cumulative tests now stand at 322,923 samples since the disease was reported in the country in mid-March.

Meanwhile, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has commended community health workers for the frontline role they play in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenyatta pointed out that community education on health matters can save lives and it is critical especially at this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

"I applaud your selfless commitment to your work and your courage and compassion for people and for the community. I acknowledge the sacrifice you give of your time towards the demanding role of being community health workers," she told community health volunteers, according to a statement issued by her office after the ceremony.

The First Lady was speaking when she presided over the virtual graduation of the first cohort of the 5,100 community health volunteers who have completed a month-long training on COVID-19 response sponsored by the Beyond Zero initiative.

Kenyatta expressed optimism that the training the community health volunteers received will ramp up their contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the ministry of health, eight healthcare professionals have already died while more than 600 are sick with the deadly virus.

Kenyatta also spoke against the stigmatization of individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She emphasized that those affected by the global pandemic should be offered compassion and comfort instead of discrimination.

"We are all affected and we will require all of us to support each other in any way we can to ease the disruption this pandemic has caused to our lives," said Kenyatta. Enditem