Covid-19: Kenya cases increase to 8,067 as recoveries reach 2,414

Henrietta Brewer
July 7, 2020

The Health ministry on Monday announced 181 more cases of the coronavirus in Kenya as well as 127 more recoveries and four more deaths.

Kenya has recently been recording high COVID-19 cases, which were first registered in the country in February.

The ministry said it had tested 2,131 samples in 24 hours, bringing the total of samples tested in the country to 191,394. The youngest was a 4-month-old infant, while the oldest was identified as a 79-year-old.

Men numbered 123 and women 58.

The distribution of the cases by sub-counties in Nairobi were detailed as follows: Dagoretti North 21, Embakasi East 21, Embakasi South 16, Westlands 11, Starehe 9, Mathare 8, Roysambu 8, Lang'ata 6, Embakasi Central 5, Embakasi West 5, Kasarani 5, Makadara 5, Kibra 4, Dagoretti South 3, Embakasi North 3, Kamukunji 3 and Ruaraka 1.

In Kiambu, Thika accounted for seven cases, Limuru and Ruiru three, Kabete and Kiambu Town two each and Juja and Kikuyu one each.

Like many nations in East Africa, Kenya took swift action to combat the coronavirus, closing its borders on March 25 when it had only 25 cases, shutting schools and imposing a curfew while advising people to work from home.

Addressing the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that even though experts argued that the country was not ready for reopening, he chose to go on and partially lift the measures.

Kenyatta said in a televised address that "international air travel into and out of the territory of Kenya shall resume effective 1 August 2020".

"Today I order and direct that the cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area, Mombasa county and Mandera county that is now enforced shall lapse today or at 4 a.m. (0100 GMT) tomorrow, Tuesday the 7th of July 2020", said Kenyatta in a televised address. Congregants must be between ages 13 to 58 and have no underlying medical conditions.

Mr Kenyatta further said that all places of worship will also commence phased reopening in strict conformity with all applicable guidelines.

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