NAIROBI, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's health ministry said the total number of COVID-19 cases passed 29,000 on Friday.
Mercy Mwangangi, chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that 580 people tested positive in the last 24 hours from 5,458 samples, bringing the country's total number of COVID-19 cases to 29,334.
Mwangangi announced that the new cases included 530 Kenyans and 50 foreigners with the youngest being a one-year-old baby and the eldest aged 92 years.
The official confirmed that 198 patients from home-based care programs and various health facilities recovered from the disease between Thursday and Friday.
"From this number 119 are from the home-based care program, while 79 have been discharged from various hospitals. This brings the total number of recoveries to 15,298," she said.
Mwangangi however noted that five patients lost their lives to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 465.
She noted that the government has put in place a care line for health care workers to safeguard their mental health.
She revealed that the government has placed six psychologists ready to attend to the healthcare workers once it is reported that one has a mental challenge.
Mwangangi urged health care workers to follow the measures that have been put in place to protect them from getting infected through community transmission.
Kenya has so far tested a cumulative number of 381,317 samples.
Meanwhile, three top managers at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority which supplies medicines to government health facilities were suspended on Friday following an ongoing probe into claims of impropriety in various sectors there including acquisition of COVID-19 pandemic equipment.