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Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi during a past Covid-19 status briefing. Photo: Courtesy

COVID-19 UPDATE: 19 people succumb to virus as total case load shoots to 31,015.

Kenya has on Wednesday August 19 recorded 379 additional Covid-19 cases from a 3,867 samples tested over a period of the last 24 hours.

This now raises the total case load in the country to 31,015 with cumulative tests now at 402,425.

According to Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi during the daily Covid-19 status briefings, 244 patients have been discharged from various facilities after recovery raising the total number of recoveries to 17612.

Unfortunately, 19 more people have succumbed to the diseases bringing the total number of fatalities to 506 in the country.

With the total number of all the resolved cases standing at 18,113 (total recoveries plus total deaths), active cases in the country are at 12,902 and are being managed in various health facilities and the home based care progamme.

CAS Mwangangi stated that Kenya continues to collaborate and contribute to the global research platforms to ensure that the country is better prepared to in the pandemic response.

She also warned that the curve is yet to be flattened and confirmed that the country is experiencing a shortage of the testing reagents.

“We are well aware that our curve has not yet flattened. Yes there are challenges when it comes to the daily tests that we are doing… we are experiencing disruptions with regards to acquisition of reagents but this is something we are managing”, Mwangagi stated.