– Kenya on Sunday, June 21, marked 100 days since the first case of COVID-19 was registered in the country on March 13
– Out of the new 260 cases (176 males and 84 females), 254 were Kenyans while six were foreigners
– Some 550 COVID-19 patients were discharged from various health facilities for the recently launched home-based care
– Some 21 more patients were discharged, pushing the number of recoveries to 1,607 while deaths rose to 123 after two more patients succumbed
The number of COVID-19 patients in the country has increased to 4,738 from 4,478 reported on Saturday, June 20, after 260 more people were diagnosed with the respiratory disease.
Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe said on Sunday, June 21, the new cases were the highest Kenya had recorded in a single day since March 13.
Sunday, June 21, marked 100 days since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Kenya on March 13.
“Today marks 100 days since that first case, and it has indeed been a journey, one which has familiarised us with such terms as ‘contact tracing,’ ‘quarantine,’ ‘community spread’ and ‘social distancing.
Indeed, were it not for our healthcare workers, the leadership of the Command Center and the inter-ministerial teams, who put in endless hours to ensure the safety of all Kenyans, our situation would be dire,” said Kagwe.
Kagwe further revealed that 21 more patients had been discharged from hospitals across the country pushing the number of recoveries to 1,607.
Two more patients, however, succumbed to the disease raising the death toll to 123.
According to Kagwe, the country was approaching a phase when more positive cases were going to be reported owing to the deeply rooted community spread of coronavirus.
He nonetheless expressed optimism Kenya was more prepared to battle the infection than before adding that the infection will be crashed fast if every citizen would religiously observe the containment measures that are in place.
“It is evident that COVID-19 will be with us longer and it will stretch our healthcare system, it is now our personal responsibility to ensure we observe the containment measures to fight the disease.
In 100 days, with the disease now affecting 40 out of our 47 counties, including refugee camps, our bearings are clear and direction determined. We have put in the work and will continue to do so, taking note of and learning from challenges and failures we have experienced since day one,” stated the CS.
In a move to ease pressure from government isolation centres, Director-General of Health Patric Amoth revealed 550 asymptomatic patients had been discharged for the recently launched home-based care.
Those discharged include 338 fro Kenyatta University isolation centre and some 212 from the Coast General Hospital.
“They were discharged after meeting the required standards set by the WHO. A COVID-19 patient qualifies for homed based care if they are asymptomatic, don’t have underlying health complications and have spent at least 14 days in and isolation facility,” said Amoth.
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