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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past briefing. Photo: Ministry of Health

COVID-19 UPDATE: 544 new cases as total case load hits 19,125.

Kenyan has on Wednesday July 29 recorded 544 additional new Covid-19 cases raising the total number of cases in Kenya to 19,125.

During the daily Ministry Of Health Covid-19 status briefing at KMPDC, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe stated that 113 patients have been discharged from various facilities, bringing the total number of recoveries to 8,021.

This means that the current active cases which are being monitored by the Ministry of Health amount to 11,104 with patients being isolated at health facilities and some following the home based program.

Unfortunately, 12 patients have succumbed to the disease raising the total number of fatalities to 311.

CS Mutahi Kagwe further noted that over 600 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus, representing 3% of all the cases.

The CS urged Kenyans to avoid contact as the cold weather will play a major role in the spread of the Covid-19 virus infections.

Kagwe also challenged Kenyans to use money they would have spent on alcohol to provide for their families even as unemployment soared as a result of the economic downturn brought by the pandemic.

“Use the funds that you used to spend on alcohol to support your family. I am one of those who used to enjoy a drink, but now I will channel the cash towards something else,” explained Kagwe.

The CS also addressed false claims regarding the covid-19 treatment from a viral video of doctors who claimed to have found that hydroxychloroquine to cure the virus.

“The biggest mistake I think is just imagining that if the person is called a doctor he is an expert in everything…I want to urge that please let not everyone become an expert because there’s COVID-19,” the CS reiterated.

He also appealed to the media to talk to the medical council to get experts of the virus.