Speaking during a press briefing on Tuesday, December 22, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that 3,262 samples had been tested in the last 24 hours.
The country has so far conducted 1,428, 700 Covid-19 tests.
Regrettably, 3 patients succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of deaths to 1,647.
Kagwe appealed to striking healthcare workers to resume work to allow for negotiations with the government and counties on terms.
He added that the strike was a sign of bad faith on the part of healthcare workers, stating that the delay of salaries was happening in all sectors and not just in healthcare.
The Health CS stated that County Governments have provided comprehensive insurance cover for their employees including healthcare workers.
He directed the NHIF management to expedite the declaration and contracting process for some additional 348 facilities in process to ensure that they are available to offer services to NHIF beneficiaries in the soonest possible time.
Kagwe also stated that the ministry of health has written to the COG requesting the county governments in liason county department of social protection to identify the poor and vulnerable households for enlisting progressively to the UHC scheme as beneficiaries.
He stated that it would ensure that most vulnerable groups are cushioned appropriately as with an NHIF card, they can access cards they can access services in thousands of private facilities.