17 More Deaths as Positive Cases Hit 78,512

  • Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi addressing the media on August 20, 2020.
    Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi addressing the media on August 20, 2020.
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  • Kenya has recorded 727 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours as the country's total caseload rises to 78,512.

    In a press statement on Tuesday, November 24, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi announced that 4,913 samples had been tested.

    Of the positive cases, 705 are Kenyans while 22 are foreigners. 

    458 are male and 269 are female. The youngest case is a four-year-old child and the oldest is aged 88 years.

    Medics conducting random screening for Covid-19 symptoms at National Archives, Nairobi on Saturday, March 21, 2020
    Medics conducting random screening for Covid-19 symptoms at National Archives, Nairobi on Saturday, March 21, 2020
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    806 patients have recovered, 701 from the Home Based Care program while 105 are from various health facilities. Total recoveries now stand at 52,709.

    Regrettably, 17 patients succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of deaths to 1,409. 

    51 patients are in ICU facilities while 106 transitioned to general wards and high dependency unit.

    During the press briefing, the CAS indicated that the Ministry had not neglected healthcare workers but noted that the county governments were working towards improving their wellbeing.

    Mwangangi insisted that the health workers had been given healthcare covers including work injuries and group life cover.

    She disclosed that the healthcare covers had been extended to all civil servants including medics and National Youth Service (NYS) employees.

    "The government and county governments are working round the clock to make sure the health care workers are protected.

    "Health care workers, civil servants and NYS employees will receive a group life cover. They will have a comprehensive cover of about Ksh6 billion per year," she disclosed.

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