Sat, 15 Aug 2020

NAIROBI, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed that a 100-year-old man tested positive to COVID-19 as the country's total number of infections reached 7,188.

Rashid Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health said that the elderly patient is among 247 people who tested positive from 4,147 samples which were tested in the last 24 hours.

"From today's cases, 242 are Kenyans while five are foreigners," Aman told journalists in Nairobi.

He added that 39 patients had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,148 while two more patients died hence bringing the total number of deaths to 154.

The official confirmed that a study conducted by the government and researchers at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) found that at least 2.6 million Kenyans are already exposed to COVID-19, including 12 percent of Nairobians (550,000 people).

Aman clarified that antibody testing in blood samples gives an indication of whether one had been exposed to the virus or not in the recent past, and how many people in the population.

He noted that the study looked at the presence of antibodies in 2,535 blood donor samples from different regions in the country using a modeling formula involving populations from all parts of the country.

He added that the number tested may not be a fair representation of the country but offers a good lead on what to work with. The blood used in this study was donated between April and June.

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