Kenya's Covid-19 Cases Cross 72,000 Mark

  • AMREF Flying Doctors personel load a portable isolation chamber onto a plane.
    AMREF Flying Doctors personel load a portable isolation chamber onto a plane.
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  • Kenya has recorded 957 more Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours as the country's total caseload rises to 72,686.

    In a press statement on Wednesday, November 18, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that 6,307 samples had been tested over the period bringing the total number of samples tested so far to 804,894.

    Of the positive cases, 908 are Kenyans and 49 are foreigners.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media.
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media.
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    Of the cases, 569 are male and 388 are female, while the youngest case is a two-month-old infant and the oldest is aged 94 years.

    At the same time, 2,616 patients recovered from the disease, 2,434 were discharged from the home-based care program, and 182 from the hospital around the country bringing the total number of recoveries to 49,878.

    Regrettably, 11 patients succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of deaths to 1,313.

    Currently, 1,191 patients are admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 6,000 are on home-based isolation and care.

    58 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 37 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 26 on supplemental oxygen.

    Another 89 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen out of whom 72 are in the general wards, while 17 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

    Currently, 2,369 health care workers have tested positive for the virus of whom 1,186 are males and 1,183 are females. 

    A bed in an ICU facility in Nandi County.
    A bed in an ICU facility in Nandi County on June 29, 2020.
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    The cumulative fatality of healthcare workers is 30.

    In the county distribution, Nairobi recorded 368 cases, Nyeri 53, Kitui 41, Kiambu 40, Kisumu 37, Nyandarua 35, Mombasa 34, Uasin Gishu 34, Kakamega 33, Homa Bay 31, Nakuru 28.

    Machakos, Kericho and Makueni counties all recorded 21 cases, Kirinyaga 19, Kajiado 18, Siaya 18, Embu 18, Isiolo 15, Narok 13, Nandi 10, Laikipia 9 while Kilifi and Marsabit had seven cases each.

    Garissa reported five cases, Elgeyo Marakwet 4, Trans Nzoia 4, Taita Taveta 4, West Pokot 3, Kwale 2 while Migori, Busia, Samburu and Turkana had one case each.