Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman on Tuesday, June 9, announced that 127 individuals had tested positive for Covid-19 over the preceding 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 2,989.
Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House, the CAS stated that 2,247 samples had been tested during the period bringing the total samples tested in the country to 100,683.
He further revealed that of the new cases, 84 were male and 33 female, with the youngest a 3-week old baby while the oldest is aged 72.
124 of the total cases recorded are Kenyans while three are foreigners.
24 Covid-19 patients were discharged over the same period after recovering from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 873.
Unfortunately, three patients succumbed to the disease bringing the total fatalities to 88.
Nairobi County led the pack with 62 cases followed by Mombasa, 32, Busia, 14, Machakos, 4, and Bungoma, 3, while Kwale and Uasin Gishu recorded one each.
The CAS raised concerns that the epidemiological curve was likely to spike judging by the increasing trends in positive cases.
“Since we recorded our first case in March, our numbers have been swelling and today we are almost getting to the 3,000 mark.
“According to experts, our epidemiological curve is rising sharply implying that we are likely to record increasing numbers of positives,” he stated.
“In the first eight days of June, we have registered 900 cases from a pool of 19461 samples. If we go to the first eight days of May, we recorded 225 positives from 8872 samples,” he added
The CAS further disclosed that stigma undermined efforts of treating the virus and urged Kenyans to embrace their relatives and friends who recover from the disease.
“We must remember at all times that it is the virus which is the enemy and not the person infected,” he stated.
He further urged Kenyans to keep observing the directives provided by the state disclosing that the country was still at a critical point of infections surge as hospitals fill up with patients.