278 people have tested positive of COVID 19 in tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s disease burden to 8528 .

Giving the updates during a tour of Makueni County to assess the level of the county’s COVID 19 preparedness , Health Ministry Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that 89 patients have also been discharged from various hospitals, bringing to 2,593 the total number of recoveries.

Sadly 2 people have succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours bringing the total fatalities to 169.

Today 89 patients have been discharged from various hospitals, bringing to 2,593 the total number of recoveries. I want to thank our healthcare workers for their dedication and commitment to duty”, CS Mutahi Kagwe said.

The total number of infections in Makueni county places it at number 12 overall. So far 299 samples have been tested from the country, out of which, 44 have been confirmed positive.

“Currently, 257 healthcare workers have fallen victim to this virus. 4 out this number are from Makueni County,” the CS said.

“We are now dealing with a virus that is well established at the community level. All counties, except 5, have reported cases of COVID-19,” he pointed out

While lauding Makueni County for its impressive preparedness in all areas visited, Kagwe said the county has also embraced home-based care and the 300 isolation bed capacity for COVID 19 patients.

“Alongside this, isolation facility capacity are (2) ICU and 20 HDU beds, plus (2) quarantine facilities as part of the county preparedness. I want to congratulate you for this achievement”, the CS added.

The health ministry has meanwhile, hired 252 healthcare personnel of all cadres, to boost the county’s human resource capacity.

“We have hired 252 healthcare personnel of all cadres, for Makueni County, to boost human resource capacity, while the process of hiring another 110 is on-going”, CS Mutahi Kagwe said.

“As we work to upgrade our facilities, we must remind ourselves that prevention is always better than cure. Let us all embrace the containment measures to be safe”, CS Mutahi Kagwe added.

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