The government on Tuesday discharged 587 patients who recovered from COVID 19 disease in the country.

From this number 500 are from home based care program while 87 have been discharged from various hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,327.

Giving the COVID-19 statistics, Health CAS, Dr. Rashid Aman said the country has lost 6 more patients who succumbed to the disease bringing the tally to 388.

Dr. Rashid said that 605 people have tested positive for COVID-19 after 4,547 samples were tested bringing the total number of positive cases to 23,302.

Cumulatively, the tests now stand at 322,923, but from the cases 582 are Kenyans while 27 are foreigners, 401 are male and 204 are female. The youngest case is a two month old infant while the oldest is 99 years.

On the distribution of cases, Nairobi has again registered the highest number at 373, followed by Kiambu 35, Migori 25, Busia 20, Narok 20 , Kajiado, 16, Laikipia 16, Nakuru 15, kakamega 12, Uasin Gioshu 11, Machakos 10, Mombasa 9, Samburu 8, Turkana 7, Muranga 5, kericho 5, Taita Taveta 3, Nyeri2, makueni 2, Kisumu, 2, Kilifi 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Siaya 1, Meru 1 , itui, 1 Isiolo 1 and Bungoma 1.

The CAS noted that environmental health during the COVID 19 pandemic is of utmost importance considering the spread of the disease is contact with contaminated surfaces making it largely a hygiene matter.

Cognizant of this, he added the ministry has built capacity of health workers through training of all the county public health officers and also County staff and developed a number of guidelines and protocol to support the containment of the spread of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID 19.

“Viruses and germs remain attached to disposed masks for varying period of time and those who pick discarded masks, particularly children are at risk of infection. Improper disposal such as open air burning is also both risky and pollutes the environment”, he said

The CAS said that the ministry is working with County health officials to ensure hazardous waste is being disposed off by incineration and where applicable in dump fill sites in line with proper practices and procedures.

Dr. Francis Kuria , Directorate of Public Health said that on home based care, they are encouraging Kenyans to use the jitenge app , a home based care self-reporting app for follow up symptoms.

“Today, by the time of going to the press we had received reports electronically from 23 counties following up on 1052 cases “he said.

During the briefing, Samsung donated over 500 Galaxy A2 smart phones that will assist health care workers at Sub County and County Disease Surveillance Coordinators to enhance contact tracing for COVID-19 and also monitoring movement , testing and care for patients using Safaricom data that will be provided free by Safaricom foundation.