Kenya's COVID-19 cases pass 17,000 mark after 960 more test positive

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NAIROBI, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed that the country's COVID-19 cases passed the 17,000 mark after 960 people tested positive in the last 24 hours.

Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said in a statement issued in Nairobi that the national tally of COVID-19 positive cases stood at 17,603 after 8,261 samples were tested.

He said that 952 of those who tested positive are Kenyan nationals while eight are foreigners.

"Despite recording the highest number of positive numbers today, we are also delighted to inform you that 169 patients have been discharged. Out of this, 83 are from various hospitals and 86 are from home-based care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 7, 743," said Kagwe.

He said that two patients succumbed to the disease hence bringing the total number of fatalities to 280.

Kenya had tested a total of 276,415 samples since COVID-19 was reported in the country in mid-March. Enditem

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