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New High As 1,068 Test Positive For COVID-19

Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (Courtesy)

Kenya has announced 1,068 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. This was after a sample of 7,556 was tested. The caseload is now at 47,212.

Of the new cases, all were Kenyans except 24 who were foreigners. Ultimately, 666 are males and 402 females while the youngest is a six-month-old infant and the oldest is aged 96 years.

On a sad note, 12 have succumbed to the virus bringing the death toll to 870.

There are now 27 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 45 others are on supplementary oxygen. 27 patients are on ventilator support while 12 are in High Dependency Unit.

Read: 16 Patients Dead, 27 in ICU as COVID-19 Cases Rise by 497

290 have recovered and have so far been discharged bringing the country’s recovery total to 33,050. 235 were from home based care while 55 were from various health facilities across the country.

According to the health ministry, the new surge in COVID-19 cases is attributed to disregard of government directives on wearing masks and social distancing.

For instance, politicians are still holding huge rallies with hundreds of people attending without masks nor keeping social distance.

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A total of 1,121 people are currently admitted in various hospitals while some 3,112 patients are on home-based care programme.

The county distribution is as follows: Nairobi 305, Nakuru 137, Mombasa 74, Kisumu 60, Kericho 58, Nandi 48, Uasin Gishu 48, Kakamega 47, Kilifi 34, Kisii 28 Laikipia 26, Turkana 22, Meru 20, Kajiado and Kiambu had 18 cases each, Garissa 15, Busia 14, Machakos 14, West Pokot 12, Murang’a 9, Migori 9, Bomet 6, Isiolo 6, Nyamira 6, Siaya 5, Narok 4, Nyeri 4 and Wajir 4, Bungoma 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Kirinyaga 3, Baringo 3, Elgeiyo Marakwet, Lamu, Nyandarua, Taita Taveta and Embu had 1 case each.

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