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Kenya coronavirus: cases near 14,000; senator resigns virus post, fined | Africanews

Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with cases steadily rising each day. Government have locked down a handful of counties including the capital Nairobi and imposed a night-time curfew as part of containment efforts.

This rolling page will continue to give updates on major occurrences as relates to the East African country. You can follow Kenya’s March – April 2020 COVID-19 updates on our earlier page.

Kenya as of July 21 was the most impacted country in the East / Horn of Africa region toppling early leaders like Djibouti, Sudan and Somalia.

Government also rolled out mass testing in virus hot spots, a curfew remains in place but virus restrictions have largely been eased. The school year – from nursery to pre-tertiary level – has been cancelled.

June 21: 13,353 cases; Nairobi records 1,200+ cases in 3 days

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has been fined by a court for flouting curfew order. The lawmaker is to pay 15,000 Kenyan shillings or face three months in prison.

Today’s ruling is the latest in a saga that has seen Sakaja resign his position as chairman of the Senate Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19. He was arrested with others at a bar in breach of virus curfew restrictions in place.

The episode has elicited varied reactions: from those that believe that he had at least done the right thing by resigning his coronavirus role in parliament. Others are of the view that he should have resigned as a Senator whiles for some, the about $150 fine is the headache for others.

On the case front; the stats are heading towards 14,000 mark. At close of day Monday July 20; there was 13,771 cases with 7,917 active cases, 5,616 recoveries and 238 deaths.

Confirmed cases = 13,771

Active cases = 7,917

Recoveries = 5,616

Number of deaths = 238

John Hopkins Uni stats valid as of July 20, 2020

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June 19: 13,353 cases; Nairobi records 1,200+ cases in 3 days

Kenya’s caseload passed the 13,000 mark reaching 13,353 after 603 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, the health ministry disclosed at the daily virus briefing.

The capital Nairobi accounts for about half of the entire case load. Nairobi Country recorded over 1,200 cases in the last three days only as Kenya extends its lead as the most impacted country in the East and Horn of Africa region.

June 19 – 441 cases out of 603 new cases

June 18 – 537 cases out of 688 new cases

June 17 – 270 cases out of 389 new cases

Today we have recorded another high of 603 positive cases from a sample size of 5, 724 tested in the last 24 hours. We now have 13,353 confirmed positive cases, while our cumulative sample tested has risen to 243,887.#komeshacorona— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) July 19, 2020

July 17: 12,062 cases; home based care progressing

The Health Ministry confi