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Update of Coronavirus in The Country and Response Measures as at 29th June 2020

MinistryofHealthKenya(MOH) 06/29/2020

Good afternoon, and welcome to our daily briefing on COVID-19 update Fellow Kenyans.

The Coronavirus pandemic has continued to cause unprecedented problems across the globe, not only overburdening health care systems, with a large number of fatalities, but also massive job losses that have destabilized family units.

The current global disease burden is 9,962,193, with 498,723 deaths.

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the Coronavirus daily briefing

These global statistics demonstrate that the situation is not only unique to Kenya.

This however, should not give us a false sense of security that we are not the only ones affected.

This would be irrational.

Nonetheless, I am confident, that while this may be one of the greatest health crisis facing our Nation, our resilience and the never-say-die spirit will make us overcome this, just like we have done with similar challenging situations in the past. 

The numbers that we have been providing may appear depressing, and indeed they are.

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the latest Coronavirus briefing

For instance, as of yesterday, 6,070 people, had been confirmed to be positive for COVID-19.

Out this, 5,538 cases are local transmissions, which accounts for 91% of the total case load, with the bulk of infections recorded in Mombasa and Nairobi City Counties.

These same counties have the highest attack rates of COVID-19, at 119.6 and 68.9 per 100,000 population respectively, when compared to 12.8 per 100,000 for the whole country.

Out of the 41 counties that have reported cases, Nairobi still leads with 3,031, followed by Mombasa at 1,445. Busia, which has become a high risk county due to cross-border truck drivers is third with 407.

The situation of Kajiado with 242 cases, is similar to that of Busia, due to the effect of Namanga Border Point.

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Trucks at the Namanga Border

Kiambu then follows with 222 cases.

Most of the remaining 36 counties have cases below 100.  

These numbers suggest that it is only a matter of time before all the counties record a COVID-19 case.

This should not make us panic. It should strengthen our people to strictly adhere to the containment measures, so as to prevent widespread infections within the counties.

As a Ministry, our intervention and containment responses have been informed by lessons from other disease outbreaks in the past.

The main goals of our Covid-19 response have been to;

1.Accelerate our level of preparedness, to help contain the spread of the epidemic, and facilitate care for those affected. 

2.To support research priorities, and to learn from the current pandemic response, to better prepare for future epidemics.  

In the area of research, I must say that there has been accelerated efforts to develop diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines for Covid-19.

Our scientists and public health professionals have been working to enhance the current level of knowledge about the virus, focusing on the following key areas; 

1. Local characterization of the pandemic, to determine; who are affected, where and how.

2. Understanding the disease spectrum and characterization of the outcomes; who are asymptomatic, who are developing symptoms and by severity of symptoms, and fatalities.

3. Interventions implemented, their level of success, and the extent to which they have contributed to successful containment of the pandemic, reducing the morbidity and mortality of Covid-19. 

For us, even though COVID-19 is a new virus, it’s transmission and management may not be entirely unique.

Experiences from SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV responses, have helped in building capacity in managing Covid-19.

We have also leveraged on the successful interventions developed, and implemented for the control and management of other infectious diseases, like HIV and Tuberculosis.

The Ministry of Health, through Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), has been on the lead on all local and international collaborative Covid-19 researches.

The Ministry has been scientifically tracking all affected and exposed people in the country, and developing a knowledge-base that has led to developing Covid-19 testing strategies, management protocols and pandemic containment efforts.

Interventions for Covid-19 containment, prevention and management continue to be guided by the highest standards of evidence available, both locally and globally. 

However, until the outcomes of the researches being carried out are made available, we continue to urge our people to strictly adhere to the containment measures we have advised; maintaining social and physical distance, wearing of face masks in public places, washing of hands with soap and running water, avoiding all public and social gatherings, among others.

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Kenyans observing Coronavirus measures

Fellow Kenyans, Today, 120 people have tested positive for the disease.

This is from 2,221 samples tested.

The total case load in the country now stands at 6,190 from 167,417 samples.

All the cases, except (5), are Kenyans. 84 of them are males, while 36 are females.

The youngest is a six (6) year old child, and the oldest is 83.

The cases are distributed in the counties as follows; Nairobi 67, Mombasa 17, Kajiado 9, Machakos 9, Kiambu 8, Uasin Gishu 4, Nakuru 2, Kilifi, 2, and Narok 2.

With regard to disaggregation of the cases by sub counties; in Nairobi, the 67 cases are in; Westlands, (12), Dagoretti North and Langata, (11) cases each, Kibra, (6), Makadara and Starehe, (4) cases each, Kamukunji, (3), Embakasi Central, Embakasi East, Embakasi North, Embakasi South, Embakasi West and Mathare, have (2) cases each, Kasarani, Roysambu, Ruaraka, and Umoja, have one (1) case each.

In Mombasa, the cases are in; Mvita (6), Jomvu (5), Changamwe, Kisauni and Likoni have (2) cases each.

In Kajiado, the cases are in, Loitokitok, (6), and Kajiado North, (3), while in Machakos, the cases are in; Athi River (4), Machakos Town, (3) and Matungulu (2).

In Kiambu, the cases are in; Juja (3), Gatundu South, Githunguri, Kabete, Kikuyu and Limuru, have one (1) case each.

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An overview of a section Juja town

In Uasin Gishu, the cases are in, Ainabkoi (2), Kapseret and Turbo, (1) case each.

In Nakuru, the two (2) cases are in Naivasha, while in Narok the two (2) cases are in Narok North.

I am glad to inform you that, we have also discharged 42 patients from various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,013.

We thank and celebrate our healthcare workers for this achievement.

Sadly, we have lost one (1) more patient from the disease, bringing our fatality to 144.

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Coronavirus victim being buried by Health Workers in Kenya

Our condolences to the family and friends that have lost their loved one.

Today we are also joined by two of our partners in health, namely United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Red Cross.

The UNFPA has made a donation of PPEs amounting to $223,000.

For a long time UNFPA has been collaborating with the Ministry of Health in providing reproductive, maternal and new-born health services.

These PPE kits will go a long way in enhancing healthcare workers safety during provision of these key services.

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Past image of Medical workers showcasing PPEs

As one of UNFPA’s implementing partners, the Kenya Red Cross has been a key player in facilitating purchase and storage of these items, and will as well support in distributing them to the various counties.

The items will be distributed to the following Counties; Nairobi, Kitui, Mombasa, Kwale, Migori, Lamu, Kisumu, Busia, Kilifi Narok, Homabay, Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera and Wajir, as well as family Health Options Kenya.

We cannot thank you enough for this great support and we look forward to further collaborations.

I thank you.  

SEN. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH.

CABINET SECRETARY.

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