As the COVID-19 numbers in the country continue to spike, the government is now appealing to Kenyans to strictly comply with the safety directives in order to counter the high infections.

While Addressing the press during the daily Covid-19 update, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman has called for prioritization of care for the elderly people who are susceptible to serious illness in case they get infected by the virus.

The appeal comes even as COVID-19 numbers in the country are on an upward trend, with a total of 14,168 cases having been recorded since the first case was registered in the country on March 14.

It emerged that Nairobi, Mombasa, Migori and Kiambu counties were some of the areas stubbornly posting higher numbers.

Dr Aman said extra vigilance needed to be exercised to ensure that numbers start going down in the said counties, and countrywide generally.

The country’s health facilities have been overstretched forcing the authorities to embrace home-based care for asymptomatic patients.

 Dr Aman told reporters that the country currently has over 7,000 active cases.  

The health ministry announced twelve more coronavirus-linked deaths on Tuesday raising the country’s death toll to 250, representing a case fatality rate of 1.76 per cent.

The country’s death rate has averaged 1.8 percent so far in July as compared to June’s 2.5 per cent and 3.4 per cent recorded in May.

The country has recorded more recoveries after 642 patients were discharged.

The newly registered recoveries brought to 6,258 the total number of patients who have been cleared after recovering from the virus since April 1.

Elsewhere, 12 doctors are among 19 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nyeri County. Governor Mutahi Kahiga said this now brings the number of people with coronavirus in the county to 41.

This comes as President Uhuru Kenyatta is slated for a meeting with the governors to re-look the Covid-19 guidelines. The meeting comes in the wake of anxiety caused by a spike in infections that has penetrated into 44 counties.