64 New Covid-19 Cases as Data Shows Kenya Flattening Curve

  • 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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  • Kenya has recorded 64 more Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours as the country's total caseload rise to 96,678.

    Currently, there are 657 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide and 2,989 on Home Based Isolation and Care. 

    In a statement on Saturday, January 2, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that 1,852 samples had been tested over the period bringing the total number of samples tested so far to 1,052,836.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the Nation about Corona Virus outside Afya House on March 17, 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the Nation about Corona Virus outside Afya House on March 17, 2020.
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    Kenyans.co.ke

    Of the positive cases,35 are male and 29 are female while the youngest is a six-year-old child. The oldest is 81.

    Today, 55 patients have recovered from the disease, 41 being from the Home-Based Care Program, while 14 have been discharged from various hospitals. The total recoveries now stand at 79,012.

    Unfortunately, 4 patients have succumbed to the disease bringing the cumulative fatalities to 1,685.

    29 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 14 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 12 on supplemental oxygen. 3 are on observation. 

    Another 19 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen and 19 others are in the general wards.

    None is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

    Distribution of the cases by Counties is as follows; Nairobi 34, Kisii 5, Laikipia 5, Meru 3, Machakos 3, Mombasa 2, Busia 2, Taita Taveta 2, Kiambu 1, Embu 1, Kajiado 1, Kilifi 1, Nakuru 1, Nyandarua 1, Siaya 1 and Uasin Gishu 1.

    In terms of Sub County Distribution; In Nairobi, the 34 cases are from Lang'ata 7, Dagoretti North, Embakasi Central, Kibra and  Starehe 3 cases each, Embakasi West, Kamukunji and Kasarani 2 cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi East, Embakasi North, Embakasi South, Makadara, Mathare, Roysambu, Ruaraka and Westlands 1 case each. 

    Initially, the Ministry of Health had indicated a possible second wave due to the rise of the Covid-19 infection curve. At its peak, 1,000 new cases were being reported in a single day with the mortality rate also rising.

    In November, the positivity rate had risen to 19 percent, an all-time high since the onset of the virus in March.

    However, recent data from the Ministry has noted a drop in the number of cases reported. In December, the positivity rate dropped to just over 3 percent. 

    For instance, in the past one week, the Covid-19 infections curve has flattened. This has led to CS Kagwe noting that the virus could be contained without putting in place tougher measures.