COVID-19: Kenya records 1,274 new cases as five more die

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The Ministry of Health led by CS Mutahi Kagwe has announced that the country has recorded 1,274 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 7,240 tested in the last 24 hours.

The MOH reports that from the cases, 1,205 are Kenyans while 69 are foreigners. 674 are males and 600 are females.

The youngest is a two-month-old infant while the oldest is 97 with the total confirmed positive cases now standing at 120,163. Cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,409,720.

Kagwe announced that a total of 120 patients have recovered from the disease.

75 are from various health facilities while 45 are from the Home-Based and Isolation Care bring the total of recoveries 89,508.

However, 5 deaths have been reported in the last 48 hours and another 7 from the ongoing audit of county records which occurred on diverse dates pushing our cumulative fatalities to 1,994.

“Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones,” read the statement in part.

Mutahi’s statement also pointed out that a total of 845 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 2,405 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

123 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 33 of whom are on ventilatory support and 87 on supplemental oxygen. 3 patients are on observation.

It adds that another 59 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 41 of them are in general wards and 18 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

In terms of County distribution Nairobi leads the way with 640, Nakuru 93, Kiambu 81, Uasin Gishu 66, Mombasa 57, Machakos 51, Turkana 42, Nyandarua 31, Kilifi 24, Kisumu 24, Kisii 16, Kajiado 15, Kitui 13, Laikipia 12.

Murang’a 11, Meru 10, Bungoma 9, Kakamega 9, Trans Nzoia 9, Siaya 8, Nyamira 8, Narok 7, Busia 6, Garissa 6, Nandi 6, Embu 5, Nyeri 3, Taita Taveta 3, Tharaka Nithi 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Vihiga 1, Homa Bay 1, Isiolo 1 and Makueni 1.

The country has now recorded over 1,000 cases for the fifth consecutive day further cementing the realization of what has been termed by the MOH as the third wave.

The government has kept on reminding Kenyans to follow the COVID-19 rules that have been put in place to fight the virus.

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