Kenya’s Health minister Rashid Aman on Sunday, May 31, announced that 74 individuals had tested positive for Covid-19 bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 1,962.
Aman stated that 1,574 samples had been tested during the period bringing the total samples tested in the country to 78,536.
He further revealed that of the new cases, 55 were male and 19 female, with the youngest being a 3-year-old and the oldest being 79 years of age.
Fourteen Covid-19 patients were discharged over the same period after recovering from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 474.
One patient succumbed to the disease bringing the total fatalities to 64.
“This number of positives is still high and we must be concerned as a nation. The daily rise demands that we reflect on our attitude and behaviour towards the containment measures,” stated Aman.
While marking the World No Tobacco Day, Aman underscored the significance of the day in that it sensitised people, especially the youth against the use of tobacco and nicotine.
“Nicotine is highly addictive and tobacco use is a huge risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and some types of cancers.
“In addition, smokers are more vulnerable to severe forms of Covid-19 disease. Every year, more than eight million people die from tobacco use,” he added.