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Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi during a Covid-19 briefing. June 27, 2020. Photo: Ministry of Health

COVID-19 UPDATE: Kenya records highest number of positive cases yet.

Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi has reported the highest number of confirmed cases yet in the country. Speaking during the daily brief on the Coronavirus pandemic, Dr Mwangangi revealed that 796 more people had been confirmed positive for Covid-19 from a sample of 6,754 tested in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of samples tested now stands at 261,027.

The caseload now stands at 15,601. Out of the 796, 503 are male while 293 are female. A further 378 people have recovered  – 199 of whom were in home-based care while the rest in various hospitals. This brings the total number of recoveries to 7,135. 539 of the confirmed cases were in Nairobi, which is leading with a 13% rate, while Kiambu followed closely with 63 cases. Within Nairobi, Kibra was leading with 64 cases, followed by Dagoretti North with 55, while Embakasi East was third with 40 cases.

3 patients also succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 263. Dr. Mwangangi made a special appeal to Kenyans to seek medical care as soon as they feel unwell after reports emerged that Kenyans were stalling the decision to visit healthcare facilities because of fear. She indicated that some Kenyans waited till it was too late to seek medical care, leading to fatalities. She further revealed that 89% of the cases confirmed were asymptomatic and that the disease was well within the community.