1,130 Test Positive for Covid-19 as Cases Increase

  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe speaking during the Jeff Koinange Live show in November 18, 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe speaking during the Jeff Koinange Live show in November 18, 2020.
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  • Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Monday, March 22, announced that 1,130 people had tested positive for Covid-19, out of a sample size of 5,119 tested in the last 24 hours.

    The total number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases now stands at 122,040.

    At the same time, Kagwe announced that 12 patients succumbed to the disease. This brings the cumulative fatality to  2,023. 

    A team of health officials conducting a burial of a Covid-19 victim
    A team of health officials conducting a burial of a Covid-19 victim in May 2020
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    From the positive cases recorded in the last 24 hours, 1,059 are Kenyans while 71 are foreigners. 586 are males while 544 are females.

    The youngest is a one-year-old infant while the eldest is 94 years.

    754 patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. Total recoveries now stand at 90,376.

    There are 46 patients currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 708 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

    Some of the beds placed within the Covid-19 emergency treatment tent at the Machakos Stadium, April 20, 2020
    Some of the beds placed within the Covid-19 emergency treatment tent at the Machakos Stadium, April 20, 2020
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    120 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 31 of whom are on ventilator support and 86 on supplemental oxygen. 

    Three patients are on observation. Another 67 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 58 of them in the general wards. 17 patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

    Kagwe also mentioned that even though the health facilities especially the ICU sections have been overstretched by the rapidly increasing Covid-19 cases, the health system has not been overrun.

    “Health facilities are currently overstretched but not overrun as the number of ICU admissions has shot up from 27 patients in January to 121 as of yesterday March 21," said Kagwe.

    In terms of County distribution; Nairobi 730, Kiambu 118, Machakos 60, Kajiado 33, Nakuru 30, Meru 24, Uasin Gishu 23, Laikipia 19, Mombasa 14, Murang'a 10, Kilifi 7, Nyeri 7, Kirinyaga 7.

    Tharaka Nithi 6, Kisii 4, Embu 3, Bungoma 3, Busia 3, Kericho 3, Kisumu 3, Nyandarua 3, Taita Taveta 2, Marsabit 2, Baringo 2, Isiolo 2, Kitui 1, Makueni 1, Mandera 1, Migori 1, Nandi 1, Narok 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Kakamega 1, Turkana 1, Wajir 1, West Pokot 1 and Elgeyo Marakwet 1.