Uhuru Holds Emergency Meeting as Covid-19 Cases Soar

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (left) during the biometric registration of the Universal Healthcare Coverage Programme (UHC) in Mombasa County on Saturday, October 30, 2020
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (left) during the biometric registration of the Universal Healthcare Coverage Programme (UHC) in Mombasa County on Saturday, October 30, 2020
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  • Kenya has recorded an additional 302 cases of Covid-19 after 3,038 people were tested in the last 24 hours.

    According to a statement by the Ministry of Health on Monday, November 30, the country's total caseload now stands at 83,618. 

    Sadly, 17 patients succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 1,469. 

    Of the positive cases, 286 are Kenyans and 16 are foreigners.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on November 26, 2020
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on November 26, 2020
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    191 are male and 111 are female, while the youngest case is one year old and the oldest is aged 83.

    At the same time, 369 patients have recovered from the disease, 287 from the home-based care program, and 82 from hospitals around the country bringing the total number of recoveries to 55,344.

    There are 1,282 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 8,405 are on home-based isolation and care.

    72 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 47 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 23 on supplemental oxygen.

    Another 92 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of whom 72 are in the general wards 20 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

    The announcement came after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe chaired a meeting attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) members.

    The meeting was aimed at discussing the increasing significance of a vaccine.

    "Today, National Emergency Response Committee, which I chair, held a meeting to review implications of the ongoing pandemic. The meeting, which was attended by all members and also graced by His Excellency the President noted the increasing significance of a viable vaccine in the containment of the spread of Covid-19.

    "It was resolved that the committee should expand its mandate to cover matters related to efforts towards the finding of a vaccine," read the statement in part.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at KICC on November 22, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at KICC on November 22, 2020.
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