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COVID-19: Is Kenya Winning Battle Or Low Tests Behind The Decline?

Kenyas covid curve flattening
Kenyas covid curve flattening

(KDRTV)-On Saturday, September 5, the Ministry of Health announced that five more COVID-19 patients succumbed to the respiratory disease bringing the number of fatalities to 594.

At the same time, the Ministry published that 136 more people contracted the virus bringing the national caseload to 35, 020, after 3, 707 samples were tested in the last 24 hours

“Our cumulative tests now stand at 471,384. From the cases, 124 are Kenyans while 12 are foreigners. In terms of gender, 85 are males and 51 females. The youngest is an eight-month-old infant, while the oldest is 75,” reads the statement from Ministry of Health.

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The Ministry also announced the recoveries of 99 patients with 64 recovering while under a home-based care program and 35 from various health facilities across the country

Nairobi county has continued to lead with the number of daily infections

Is the COVID-19 Curve Flattening? 

KDRTV understands that Kenya has continued to register a decline in the number of daily cases now for the third week.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had previously hinted that the coronavirus curve could have peaked, however, his viewpoint was reversed by WHO which said that the seemingly flattening curve could be due to insufficient testing

The President hailed efforts made by his administration to halt the spread of the dreadful virus

Education CS Prof. George Magoha has also hinted earlier reopening of tertiary institutions probably in mid-November if they are ready

READ ALSOKenya Records Highest Daily recoveries At 1062 As 599 Contract Virus

However, many Kenyans are now wondering if the curve has peaked or if the Health Ministry is faced with a crisis of insufficient resources such as testing kits

KDRTV understands that the Ministry has been struggling with backlogs of samples in various testing centers

WHO had also raised concern on Africa’s resilience while handling coronavirus due to already strained health systems

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