Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (File Pictiure)

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe today announced that COVID-19 infections in the country rose to 11,673 after 421 more patients tested positive for the disease.

CS Kagwe, speaking in Nakuru County where he launched the Primary Healthcare Strategic Framework and the Community Health Policy, said 3,895 tests were conducted within the last 24 hours taking the total number of tests carried out so far to 230,096.

409 out of the 421 new patients are Kenyans while the remaining 12 are foreign nationals composed of 297 males and 124 female aged between one to 83 years old.

Kagwe says the surge in COVID-19 infections which rose to 11,673 on Thursday should not surprise Kenyans because it was expected.

Kagwe said the government had projected for an increase in positive cases in the country once the travel restrictions were listed on July 6.

He said 31,780 volunteers had been listed as part of measures to ensure 100 per cent Universal Health Coverage.

Kagwe said that the healthcare volunteers are undergoing training before deployment to various counties to manage home-based patients of COVID-19.

“This will ensure full coverage of community health services in the country which will support the home-based isolation and care for the COVID-19 patients and achievement of the Universal Health Care.  The Ministry has developed the community health policy which will lead to better leadership and governance of community health services both at the National and County level,” Kagwe said.  

The number of patients who have recovered from coronavirus rose to 3,638 Thursday after 570 more patients were cleared.

Kagwe said 512 were receiving home-based care while 58 were admitted to various hospitals.