685 more test positive as Covid-19 cases hit 44, 881

  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a press briefing in May 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a press briefing in May 2020.
  • Kenya has recorded 685 more Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of cases to 44,881.

    In a statement by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday, October 18, revealed that 4,912 samples had been tested over the period bringing the total number of samples tested so far to 621,976.

    From the cases, 635 are Kenyans and 50 are foreigners while 456 are male and 229 female.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media outside Afya House in June 2020

    The youngest is a one-year-old infant while the oldest is 99 years. 

    Sadly the country recorded seven more deaths in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 832.

    At the same time, 105 patients were discharged with 73 from home-based care program and 32 from hospitals around the country, bringing the total number of recoveries to 31,857.

    Kagwe warned of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic referencing the Spanish Flu that hit the globe back in 1918 with the subsequent wave being fatal.

    The CS pleaded with the youth to continue adhering to the Covid-19 protocols issued by the Ministry of Health as they constitute a bulk of the country's population.

    The spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, according to Kagwe was brought about by the relaxing of Covid-19 containment measures coupled with the failure to observe the virus containment measures.

    Kagwe revealed that in the last 24 hours 54% of all Covid-19 cases are in age group 20-39 with the majority of Covid-19 deaths are above age of 58.

    The CS also revealed that the country has started reporting a surge in ICU Cases with the last 24 hours recording 28 cases.

    Distribution of the cases by Counties is as follows; Nairobi 141, Nakuru 127, Mombasa 73, Trans Nzoia 61, , Kisii 37, Kiambu 30, Kakamega 27, Kisumu 27, Busia 20, Kilifi 18, Nandi 18, Nyeri 14, Turkana 14, Nyamira 10, Kajiado 9, Taita Taveta 9, Bungoma 8, Uasin Gishu 6, Laikipia 6, Machakos 6, Baringo 5, Murang’a 3, Meru 3, Wajir 3, Kitui 2, Kwale 2, Makueni 2, Siaya 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Vihiga 1 and Isiolo 1.

    A medical personnel holding a Covid-19 virus test kit.
    File image of a Covid-19 testing kit.