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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past Covid-19 briefing. Photo: MoH

COVID-19 UPDATE: Kenya records 688 new Covid-19 cases; highest number recorded in a day.

Kenya has on Saturday July 18 recorded 688 new Covid-19 cases, this being the highest number of new cases reported in a period of 24 hours since Kenya reported its first case in March 2020.

This now raises the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 12,750.

Speaking in Embu during the daily Covid-19 status briefing, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe stated that 457 people have been discharged, 56 from hospitals and 401 from home based care bringing the cumulative recoveries to 4,440.

Unfortunately 3 people have succumbed to the disease, raising the total number of fatalities to 225 in the country.

Mutahi was on a tour of Embu County to assess the county’s preparedness to handle COVID-19.

According to Ministry of Health data, Embu County has so far recorded 2 cases that have recovered and at the moment 21 people are in quarantine in facilities around the county.

Mutahi has also urged Kenyans to take personal responsibility in the fight against Covid-19 if we are to win against the pandemic.

“This disease is here with us. We must invest to fight the virus and take the individual responsibility to save your child, your mother, your father, your friend…. Let’s save each other. You save me I save you”, CS Mutahi stated.