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Coast Stima stun City Stars at Camp Toyoyo

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Coast Stima stunned leaders Nairobi City Stars 3-1 in a charged National Super League match at Camp Toyoyo on Saturday.

Rodgers Ayuko, Eric Ombija and Kassim Mohamed scored for the Mombasa-based side, while former AFC Leopards defender Salim Abdalla replied for City Stars.

It was the second defeat for City Stars after suffering a 1-0 defeat against Kibera Black Stars in December last year, but coach Sanjin Alagic said despite the setback, their hopes of finishing the league in the top two to earn an automatic slot in the Kenyan Premier League are still alive. City Stars were relegated from the KPL in 2016.

The Kawangware based side, top on 55 points from 23 games, still maintain their 10-point lead at the helm of the second tier, ahead of Bidco United.

Bidco, under the tutelage of youthful tactician Anthony Akhulia, have 45 points and could cut the lead to seven points with a win over Murang’a SEAL on Sunday in Thika.

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After going down 2-0 to Fortune Sacco on Saturday at Kianyaga in Kerugoya, Nairobi Stima remain third on 44 from 22 games, while Coast Stima have leapfrogged Vihiga United to fourth.

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“We promise to come back very stronger in the remaining matches,” said the City Stars coach.

Elsewhere, debutants Vihiga Bullets fought hard before narrowly edging out visiting St Joseph’s Youth 1-0 at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, while APS Bomet lost 3-2 away to Mount Kenya United at Camp Toyoyo in Nairobi.

Nairobi City Stars 1-3 Coast Stima , Vihiga Bullets 1-0 St Joseph’s Youth, Mount Kenya 3-2 APS Bomet, Fortune Sacco 2-0 Nairobi Stima, Kibera Black Stars 0-2 Ushuru, Shabana 1-1 Administration Police

Vihiga United v Modern Coast Rangers (Mumias Sports Complex, 2pm), Migori Youth v Kenya Police (Awendo Green Stadium, 3pm), Bidco United v Murang’a SEAL (Thika Stadium, 3pm).

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Covid-19: Kenya cases hit 12,750 with record high of 688 infections

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Kenya has hit another record high of 688 cases of Covid-19 in a single day, raising the country’s total number of confirmed cases of the virus to 12,750.

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Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe, in a tour of Embu County on Saturday, also announced that three more patients had died and that 457 patients had recovered.

This raised the death toll is 225 and the total number of recoveries 4,440. Of the 457 recovered patients, 401 were under home-based care while 56 were in hospital.

CS Kagwe further announced that Tana River had become the 44th of 47 counties to record a case of the virus. 

RISING NUMBERS

Kenya’s number of coronavirus cases has been increasing steadily following the reopening of county borders. 

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The ministry also noted that many people have disregarded the basic measures for preventing the spread of Covid-19, key among them being wearing masks in public.

As such, CS Kagwe reiterated the need for personal responsibility, asking members of the public to “save each other”.

He discouraged inter-county travel and social gatherings, noting it is better to stay way.

Regarding political gatherings, he said, “When a politician calls a public gathering, you have a choice – to go there or not. Take personal responsibility. Don’t go there. You don’t have to be there.”

COUNTY PREPAREDNESS

Officials from the Health ministry on Saturday visited Embu to assess the steps it has taken to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Kagwe noted that county visits are helping the government to identify gaps in healthcare, make investments and meet and honour frontline health workers.

He said that Embu, whose governor is Mr Martin Wambora, has 360 isolations bed, more than the government’s minimum of 330, as well as 18 beds for patients in intensive care units.

As of July 18, the county had two patients and 21 people at quarantine facilities.

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Kenya has hit another record high of 688 cases of Covid-19 in a single day, raising the country’s total number of confirmed cases of the virus to 12,750.

Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe, in a tour of Embu County on Saturday, also announced that three more patients had died and that 457 patients had recovered.

This raised the death toll to 225 and the total number of recoveries 4,440. Of the 457 recovered patients, 401 were under home-based care while 56 were in hospital.

CS Kagwe further announced that Tana River had become the 44th of 47 counties to record a case of the virus. 

RISING NUMBERS

Kenya’s number of coronavirus cases has been increasing steadily following the reopening of county borders. 

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The ministry regretted that many people have disregarded the basic measures for preventing the spread of Covid-19, key among them being wearing masks in public.

As such, CS Kagwe reiterated the need for personal responsibility, asking members of the public to “save each other”.

He discouraged inter-county travel and all types of gatherings, noting it is better to keep off until the pandemic is contained.

“This disease is here with us. We must invest to fight the virus. Take individual responsibility to save your child, your mother, your father, your friend … Let’s save each other. You save me, I save you,” he said.

Regarding political gatherings, he said, “When a politician calls a public gathering, you have a choice – to go there or not. Take personal responsibility. Don’t go there. You don’t have to be there.”

COUNTY PREPAREDNESS

Officials from the Health ministry have been visiting counties to assess the steps that have taken to deal cases of the virus.

Mr Kagwe noted that such visits help the government to identify gaps in healthcare, make investments and meet and honour frontline health workers.

He said that Embu, whose governor is Mr Martin Wambora, had 360 isolations bed as of Friday, more than the government’s required minimum of 330, as well as 18 beds for patients in intensive care units.

As of July 18, the county had two patients and 21 people at quarantine facilities.

So far, the ministry has visited counties including Makeuni, Murang’a, Nakuru, Mombasa and Kwale.

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TV star ‘Papa Shirandula’ dies in Nairobi

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Television star Charles Bukeko, popularly known as Papa Shirandula died in Nairobi on Saturday morning. 

His brother-in-law Ronald Wanyama said he experienced difficulty in breathing and was rushed to the Karen Hospital.

“It is sad he didn’t make it out of the hospital alive. He had tested positive for Covid-19. We are devastated,” he said.

His widow, Beatrice Atamba, and other family members are at the hospital waiting for officials from the Ministry of Health. 

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