671 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with total positive cases reaching 23,873. 633 of the new cases are Kenyans while 38 are foreigners, and 413 are male while 258 are female. Nairobi County has the highest cases, at 376, followed by Kiambu County which has 112 people who’ve tested positive in the last 24 hours and Machakos has 20 cases.
Speaking at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital on Wednesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Nairobi County has reached a critical point, given the high infection rate, “Nairobi is at a critical stage in the growth of the pandemic and requires increased capacity to cope with the situation,” he said. The County accounts for 60% of the cases.
3 patients succumbed to the disease, with the fatality number up to 391. However, 603 patients have recovered, 436 under home based care and 167 from various hospitals. CS Kagwe said this is key since it ensures the health facilities are not overwhelmed ad stretched given that the number of recoveries is high enough. “It means as the spaces are being vacated then we can be able to bring in new cases without stretching our capacity.”