COVID-19 in Kenya

Kenya // 07 August, 2020

At least 23,202 cases and 388 deaths. Outbreak. See the Ministry of Health and WHO Kenya COVID-19 dashboard.

7 August: Cases have continued to increase, and the total has exceeded 23,000 cases. At least 89 deaths were reported, making Kenya the third country in Africa with the highest recorded new deaths. A total of 745 health care workers have been infected.

20 July: 418 new cases and 19 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. This was the highest deaath toll recorded so far.

7 July: 181 new cases and four deaths were reported. Media sources have reported that schools will reopen in 2021 due to spread of COVID-19.

2 July: At least 307 cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours. Nairobi and Mombasa continue to be the worst affected areas. Overall, more than 170,000 tests have been conducted nationwide. Discussions to ease restrictions are ongoing.

22 June: 260 more cases and two deaths have been reported, bringing the total to over 4,700 cases and 123 deaths. 157 of the new cases were reported in Nairobi, 43 in Mombasa and 15 in Kwale.

18 June: Cases have been steadily increasing in June, with local transmission accounting for 85% of cases. Males are more affected, making up over two-thirds of cases. Nairobi and Mombasa countries remain the most affected, 40 of the country’s 47 counties have reported cases. A total of 4,044 cases have been confirmed, of these 107 people have died and over 1,350 people have recovered.

Restrictions continue, having ongoing impact on people accessing essential supplies, food and their informal employment. Response challenges include lack of PPE and delays for laboratory results, particularly in the counties of Busia and Mombasa. Unapproved testing kits “have permeated the market” and the Ministry of Health advises against their use. In order to ease the pressure on health care facilities, new guidelines have been issued for home and community-based isolation.

7 June: Additional cases reported bringing the total to 2,767 and 84 deaths. At least 37 out of 47 counties have reported cases. Mombasa and Nairobi city counties have the highest number of cases.

See previous months updates here.

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