By Whispers Correspondent
Isiolo County has today joined the nationwide Coronavirus cases by having its first confirmed case. This was reported after mass testing was carried out by medical staff. Understandably, the patient who has tested positive has been admitted at Isiolo County Teaching and Referral Hospital for management.
This brings the affected counties to 18, following the testing of 1,075 samples in the last 24 hours. No other county in Mt Kenya East has witnessed confirmed cases of Covid-19.
This was confirmed by Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman today during a press briefing on the global pandemic in Nairobi.
Aman said that three more Coronavirus patients died in the last 24 hours. Two of the deceased were from Nairobi and one from Mombasa. The total number of fatalities now stand at 29.
Seven more infected patients have recovered, bringing the total number of those who successfully healed from the global pandemic to 197.
CAS Aman said. Nairobi still remains the epicentre of Coronavirus infections. Today it produced 68 per cent of the total number of confirmed cases. The number of infections has reduced from the previous two days given that today they were 25. Eastleigh got the biggest share in Nairobi infections since it had nine. Kawangware and Parklands produced two each while Riruta, South C, Umoja and Juja Road had one new infection each.
On Wednesday, the government banned the movement into and out of Eastleigh and Old Town Momabasa after they emerged as hotspots.
In an appeal for adherence to anti-virus rules, CAS Aman said, “It’s been noted that people in Eastleigh and Old Town are sneaking out. Note that you may unknowingly be transferring the virus to other places within Mombasa and Nairobi as you may be a carrier without knowing.”
In Old Town on Thursday, five people who had tested positive for the disease disappeared from their homes together with their families.
Meanwhile, the total of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa was 52,989 while the number of active cases was 32,546, according to case tracker World odometer’s count on May 7.
The continent had 2,018 deaths and 18,425 recoveries. Since the first case of the virus was reported in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019, it had infected at least 3,836,819 people worldwide by May 7.
The total number of deaths worldwide was 265,366 and that of recoveries at 1,308,201.
The number of active cases stood at 2,263,252, with two per cent or 48,073 of them being critical and the rest mild.
World odometer’s count showed that the number of closed cases or cases with an outcome was 1,573,567, with 83 per cent or 1,308,201 being the number of recoveries or those discharged.