19 Covid-19 Deaths Recorded as Nairobians Travel En masse

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19 Covid-19 Deaths Recorded as Nairobians Travel En masse
19 Covid-19 Deaths Recorded as Nairobians Travel En masse

Africa-PressKenya. Kenya has recorded 369 new Covid-19 cases, from a sample size of 4,469 tested in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 8.3 per cent.

Of the cases, 329 are Kenyans while 40 are foreigners. 211 are males and 158 are females. The youngest is an nine-months-old baby while the oldest is 90 years old.

In a statement on Sunday, May 2, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe stated that the total number of confirmed cases stands at 160,422 and the cumulative tests so far are 1,679,779.

72 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, 39 from home-based care, and 33 from various health facilities.

Total recoveries now stand at 108,861 out of which 79,273 are from home-based care and isolation, while 29,555 are from various health facilities.

Unfortunately, 19 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, 16 having occurred on diverse dates within the last one month and 3 are late death reports from facility record audits.

This now pushes cumulative fatalities to 2,763.

This comes as Kenyans travel out of Nairobi in masses barely 24 hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted cessation of movement from the city and four other counties.

The lockdown restrictions had been imposed on March 26, 2021. Residents in the five counties could not travel outside the restricted area.

There was a huge snarl up on major highways exiting the city including the Mai Mahiu Escarpment as well as Mombasa Road.

As a result of the surge, matatu operators threatened to hike fares for public service vehicles (PSVs) moving in and out of the five counties that had been previously marked as Covid-19 red zones.

The operators lamented over some of the safety measures such as the 60 percent carrying capacity.

In the statement, Kagwe also announced that a total of 886,288 persons have so far been vaccinated against the disease countrywide.

Of these, 516,140 are aged 58 years and above together with others, Health workers are 158,103, Teachers 137,581 while Security Officers 74,464.

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