On Monday, August 3, Kenya recorded 544 new cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) out of 2,653 samples tested in the preceding 24 hours, Health CAS Rashid Aman announced while addressing the media outside Afya House, Nairobi.

The total tally of Covid-19 cases in the country rose to 22, 597 from 318,376 samples tested since March 2020.

From the 544, 499 were Kenyans and 45 were foreigners. 315 were male and 229 were female. The youngest was a 1-year-old infant with the oldest was aged 84.

Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.

An additional 263 patients recovered, with the total number of recoveries rising to 8,740. Of these, 176 recoveries were from the home-based care with 87 from various hospitals.

On a sad note, 13 more patients died over the same period bringing total fatalities to 382. Out of the 13, 10 had underlying conditions with some having multiple underlying conditions, CAS Aman stated.

The distribution of the 544 positive cases by counties was as follows; Nairobi 412, Kiambu 27, Machakos 17, Kajiado 17, Garissa 16, Uasin Gishu 14, Mombasa 9, Nakuru 8, Nyeri 5, Narok 5, Makueni 4, Laikipia 2, Muranga, Kilifi, Busia, Embu, Bungoma, Kisii, Kwale and Meru had 1 each.

The CAS further warned patients with respiratory diseases to take care of themselves during the cold season. He stated that the upsurge in TB was a contributing factor to the rise in Covid-19 deaths in Kenya.

“Cold seasons like winter can infect lungs and worsen the risk of infections. Tuberculosis is on the rise during this cold season. During this season, Kenya has witnessed the rise of TB as it is an airborne disease,” Aman stated.

He warned against congregations and also urged Kenyans not to light fires to warm themselves in their homes stating that smoke was a trigger for lung diseases.

Aman reiterated that everyone needed to wear masks and stay warm by wearing warm clothes during the cold season.

“You can also drink a lot of water to remain hydrated and also take physical exercises,” Aman urged.

Watch the August 3, Covid-19 Briefing Below: