3 Dead as Covid-19 Cases Stay Shy of 100,000 Mark

  • Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media.
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media.
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  • The Covid-19 infection rate in the country appears to be static after the Ministry of Health confirmed that 63 positive cases from a sample size of 2,134 in the last 24 hours.

    This brings the country's total Covid-19 confirmed cases to 98,334. MoH further announced that 93 per cent of the confirmed cases were asymptomatic.

    The cumulative test in the country now stands at 1,094,278. MoH confirmed that 57 of the positive cases are Kenyans while 6 are foreign nationals.

    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.
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke

    In terms of gender, 37 are male whereas 26 are females with the youngest case being an eight-year-old child and the oldest aged  73.

    226 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus. 221 are from the home-based care system and 5 were discharged from various health facilities in the country. Cumulative recoveries in the country now stand at 81,101.

    Sadly, 3 patients succumbed to the virus, taking the country's total fatalities to 1,713.

    "Our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones," Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe condoled.

    687 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities across the country while 2,190 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

    MoH announced that 31 patients had been admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU), out of which 20 are on ventilatory support and 10 on supplemental oxygen. One is on observation.

    Another 11 patients have been placed separately on supplemental oxygen all of whom are in general wards. MoH confirmed that there were no patients admitted to the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

    A nurse attends to a patient at an ICU ward at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County in January 2020
    A nurse attends to a patient at an ICU ward at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County in January 2020
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