Kenya’s COVID-19 cases have risen to 1,161 with 52 new cases recorded.

This is from a sample size of 2,567 tested in the last 24 hours. Another five people have been discharged, raising the number to 380 recoveries.

Nairobi recorded 23 new cases, Mombasa and Busia had seven each.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe while addressing the media from Machakos County on Friday, said seven health workers have been trained in the County.

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Minister for Health, Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, C.A.S. Dr Mercy Mwangangi, Government Spokesperson, Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna and other Officials from the National Government received by Governor Mutua ahead of the COVID-19 National briefing that was held at the Machakos Level 5 hospital.

“This will now cascade downwards. Over 11,000 have gone through training,” Kagwe said.

Kagwe said the ministry will provide PPEs for use by workers, adding that Kenya will no longer import the equipment.

“Our industry is now able to make better PPEs locally. The government will also recruit 5,000 community health workers to help fight the disease,” he said.

He said the process of recruitment is ongoing.

“The Machakos County has completed this process and urging other Counties to expedite the process,” he said.

Kagwe said to keep the numbers low, Kenyans must adhere to measures as directed by the government.

The ministry has also projected that the peak of infections in the country is expected to be around August and September when Kenyans are expected to see at least 200 cases recorded in a day.