Kenya has in the last 24 hours tested the highest number of samples in a day, with 803 samples confirming 9 positive cases of COVID 19 disease.

Making the announcement, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new cases bring Kenya’s tally of COVID 19 to 225 positive cases. All the 9 cases are Kenyans with no history of travel, neither are they from the quarantine facilities. 5 of them are from Nairobi, and 4 from Mombasa, all aged between 9 and 69 years old.

Meanwhile, 12 people have been discharged from the government isolation facilities after they recovered from COVID 19 disease, bringing to 53 the total number of recoveries. However one person has died, bringing to 10 the total number of COVID 19 deaths countrywide.

Kagwe further announced that a high level team from the health ministry, led by the Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth, has been dispatched to Siaya County to examine the status of quarantine facilities as well as deliver personal protection equipment for medical staff and healthcare workers in the region

This even as the health ministry has embarked on mass testing of Kenyans in efforts to arrest the virus before it spreads further, using the risk profile approach, with another shipment boost by Jack Ma foundation to enable the government undertake this task

The World Health Organizations has also availed surgical masks, gloves and medical consignment from three donor countries, to ensure another Personal Protective Equipment to the medical officers are availed before end of the week

On social matters, The Health Cabinet Secretary has cautioned Kenyans not to take out the stress occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic and the movement curtailed by the curfew on their families.

This follows reports that there is a notable rise in cases of domestic and sexual violence since the COVID 19 pandemic begun in the country. Kagwe has appealed to religious leaders to weigh in on the emerging trend and counsel members of the society to stop.