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Covid-19: Kenya sees highest single-day spike

Tuesday July 14 2020
By NATION REPORTER

The Health ministry announced 497 new Covid-19 cases, the biggest daily rise so far, taking the nationwide tally to 10,791.

Speaking in Nairobi Tuesday during the daily briefing on the Covid-19 situation in Kenya, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi also announced that five more people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in Kenya to 202.

At the same time, the number of recoveries rose to 3,017 after 71 more patients were discharged.

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In Tuesday's new cases tally, Nairobi reported 292 cases, Kiambu (62), Kajiado (51), Machakos (30) and Mombasa (28). Busia had 10, Uasin Gishu eight, Nakuru five while Narok, Nyeri and Meru each had two cases.

A case each was reported in Kakamega, Kericho, Kilifi, Laikipia and Nandi.

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Meanwhile, the number of healthcare workers who have contracted Covid-19 has grown by 264 over the last 14 days.

Out of the confirmed Covid-19 cases among healthcare workers, 41 are from Pumwani Maternity Hospital. The new cases now bring to 450 the total healthcare workers who have contracted the viral infection to date and account for 4.1 percent of the country's confirmed 10,791 cases.

Health Services Director-General Patrick Amoth said 414 of the healthcare workers were asymptomatic and the rest had varying underlying conditions including diabetes, HIV/Aids and hypertension.

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