48 members of Kenyan family infected with Covid-19

Wednesday August 05 2020

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe speaks during the daily coronavirus briefings. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP


At least 48 members of the same family tested positive for the coronavirus after one of them travelled from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to upcountry, the Health ministry has said.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, during the daily Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday, said that the disease has spread across three generations of an extended family in Migori in western Kenya.

Mr Kagwe confirmed the infections as he announced 671 new Covid-19 cases. He said 633 of the new cases were Kenyans and 33 foreigners.  The national tally stands 23,873 confirmed cases.

Nairobi continues to lead with the highest new Covid-19 cases (376), followed by Kiambu 112, Machakos 20, Kisumu 16 and Mombasa six.

Another 603 patients recovered from the virus, bringing Kenya’s total recoveries to 9,930. The CS said 436 were on home-based care and 167 were discharged from various hospitals. 

Covid-19 fatalities in the country reached 391 after three more patients died overnight, Mr Kagwe said. 


Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth said 10 healthcare workers have succumbed to virus as at Wednesday, with the country recording 723 cases among medical staff.