Covid-19: Kenya cases rise to 1,161 as 52 more test positive

Friday May 22 2020

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe gives a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic in Machakos on May 22, 2020. PHOTO | NTV  

By LILLIAN MUTAVI

Kenya on Friday recorded 52 new Covid-19 cases bringing the national tally to 1,161.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 2,567 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

The Health minister, in his daily briefing, said Nairobi accounted for 23 of the new cases, Mombasa and Busia counties seven each.

Kenya, which confirmed its first case of the virus on March 13, had tested a total of 55, 074 samples from different parts of the county by May 22.

The minister also announced that the number of recoveries had risen to 380 with the discharge of five more patients.

The ministry further said that the number of fatalities had remained the same, 50.

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At the same briefing in Machakos, outside the capital, Mr Kagwe announced that Kenya will no longer import Personal protective equipment (PPE) because local manufacturers are now able to produce quality gears for health workers.

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