By DailyNewsUG Health Correspondent
A hundred and twenty more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Kenya, raising the country’s total number of confirmed cases since March 13 to 6,190.
The Ministry of Health announced this on Monday, saying it had tested 2,221 samples.
Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman said all but five of the new patients are Kenyans and that Nairobi, the capital city, was in the lead with 67 of the cases. Mombasa County followed with 17 while Machakos recorded nine.
Dr Aman also announced the recovery of 42 more patients, raising the total number of recoveries to 2,013.
He said the death toll had risen to 144 as one more patient had died.
Dr Aman added that local scientists researching on the disease are looking into local characterisation, interventions implemented and their levels of success.
He said the Ministry of Health and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) are doing the research.
On Sunday, Kenya’s Covid-19 cases increased to 6,070 after 259 people tested positive from 2,718 samples in the last 24 hours, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi has said.
During the Ministry of Health’s daily briefing on the virus at Afya House, Nairobi on Sunday, Dr Mwangangi said that another 35 people were discharged from various hospitals after full recovery.
The number of recoveries has now increased to 1,971, while two patients succumbed to the virus, bringing the national death toll from to 143.