NAIROBI – Kenya Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe has on Tuesday, May 5, announced that the COVID-19 cases had risen to 535 after 45 cases tested positive in the last 24 hours.
He stated that this was the highest number of cases Kenya has ever recorded in a single day since the first case was announced on March 13, 2020.
“Today our cumulative figure of those who have tested positive for the COVID-19 stands at 535 people. This is because out of the 1077 samples tested some 45 people have turned positive. This, of course, is the highest number recorded in 24 hours,” said the health Minister was quoted by local media.
“Out of the 1,077 samples tested, 45 individuals tested positive,” Mutahi stated adding that; “Age distribution of the new cases ranges from two years for the youngest and eighty-seven for the oldest.”
Mutahi also stated that nine individuals had been discharged bringing the number of those who had recovered to 182.
“There is a community spread happening in Nairobi specifically in the estate of Eastleigh. This comes as a result of mass testing in Nairobi in the last 24 hours,” he explained.
Kagwe stated that the government was in communication with the respective authorities in those areas so that necessary action could be taken to avoid the spread of the virus.
A day before junior health minister Dr. Mercy Mwangangi announced 25 new cases of the virus which were all from local transmissions.
She said that Nairobi and Mombasa remained the most affected counties, as far as COVID-19 infections are concerned.