7 mass-testing volunteers test positive for coronavirus, as 24 new cases push Kenya’s tally to 435; woman dies in Msa.

By Brian Okoth On Sat, 2 May, 2020 16:01 | 2 mins read
The 24 new infections were discovered in 1, 195 samples tested between Friday and Saturday. [PHOTO | FILE]
The 24 new infections were discovered in 1, 195 samples tested between Friday and Saturday. [PHOTO | FILE]
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    The 24 new infections were discovered in 1, 195 samples tested between Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, May 2, Kenya announced that it had recorded 24 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total confirmed infections to 435.

Speaking at Afya House, Health ministry Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, said seven out of the 24 new infections were registered in Kawangware alone after mass-testing volunteers tested positive for the virus. Kawangware now has a total of 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Ten of the 24 new infections were registered in Eastleigh, Nairobi bringing the area’s total COVID-19 infections to 21.

Mombasa produced five of the 24 new infections, with Mikindani and Mwembe Tayari estates recording two cases each of the Mombasa infections. Shimanzi is the other estate in the coastal city that produced a COVID-19 patient. Mombasa has, thus far, recorded 129 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Kuria West in Migori County produced the final two of the 24 new cases, with CAS Mwangangi saying the patients travelled into the country from Tanzania.

The 24 new infections were discovered in 1, 195 samples tested between Friday and Saturday.

In terms of age of the 24 new infections, patients aged between 1 to 19 years old were four, 20 to 39 years old were 14, and those aged between 40 and 60 were six.

Ten out of the 24 patients were male, whereas 14 were female.

CAS Mwangangi also announced that a 51-year-old woman from Mombasa, who was admitted to hospital on April 27 and diagnosed with coronavirus, died of the disease.

“She had an underlying health condition,” said Dr. Mwangangi.

Kenya’s total deaths arising from coronavirus now stand at 22, whereas recoveries stand at 152 after two more persons were discharged after testing negative for the contagion.

The Acting Director General of Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth, said Kenya has 214 patients admitted to isolation facilities across the country, with only one admitted to the ICU of Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital.

“The patient is on ventilator support,” said Dr. Amoth.

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