New Covid-19 cases likely to overwhelm hospitals, ministry warns

In Summary Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said the government still stood by earlier projections that the country could have 5,000 cases by mid-April and 10,000 by end of April. Dr Mwangangi added that the increased numbers will cause a strain on health facilities, hence the need for home-based care protocols for patients with mild symptoms.

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Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr Mercy Mwangangi, updates the country on the Covid-19 disease at Afya House Nairobi on April 5, 2020. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The Health ministry on Wednesday said the number of Covid-19 cases is likely to go into the thousands and overwhelm hospitals.

Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said the government still stood by earlier projections that the country could have 5,000 cases by mid-April and 10,000 by end of April.

“Today, we have 179 cases … but as we deploy mass testing we will see the cases go up. Our projection still stands and in two to three weeks, we will be able to confirm this with the rapid testing that we are deploying,” she said.

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Dr Mwangangi added that the increased numbers will cause a strain on health facilities, hence the need for home-based care protocols for patients with mild symptoms.

She said information on this will be communicated within 24 hours.