COVID-19: Kenya records highest daily cases as 1,068 test positive, 12 succumb to virus

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

1,068 new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, representing the highest number of new Coronavirus infections recorded in Kenya within 24 hours since the first case was picked up in March. The cases are from 7,556 samples tested in the last 24 hours, with 640,225 cumulative tests now conducted. The total positive cases are now 47,212.

666 are males and 402 are females, with the youngest being a six month old child and the oldest 96 years old. The latest figures released by the Health Ministry point to a grim picture, with fears that Kenya is already in a second wave of infection. The country has also recorded the highest virus deaths in a week since the first fatality was confirmed, with 12 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, taking fatalities to 870.

The total recoveries have reached 33,050 after 290 patients were discharged. Of these, 235 recovered under the home based care program while 55 have been discharged from different health facilities.

However, a total of 1,121 people are currently admitted in various hospitals while 3,112 patients are on home-based care programme. 27 patients are on supplemental oxygen, 27 in intensive care and 12 in the high dependency unit.

In the Counties, Nairobi has recorded the highest cases with 305, followed by Nakuru County with 137 cases. Other Counties with cases are; 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 have 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 has 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Kirinyaga 3, Baringo 3, Elgeiyo Marakwet, Lamu, Nyandarua, Taita Taveta and Embu had 1 case each.