16 Succumb to Covid-19 as Cases Rise

  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a health committee sitting on Wednesday, March 11
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a health committee sitting on Wednesday, March 11
  • 1,698 individuals have tested positive for Covid-19, out of a sample size of 11,352 tested in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 14.9 percent.

    The total number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases now stands at 143,063, while the cumulative tests conducted so far are 1,542, 088.

    Of the cases announced today, 1,591 are Kenyans while 107 are foreigners, while 926 are male and 772 are female. The youngest is a 17 day old infant while the oldest is 100- years-old.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media outside Afya House in June 2020

    Regrettably,16 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. One occurred in the last 24 hours, one within the last one month while 14 are late death reports from facility record audits that occurred on diverse dates. This pushes our cumulative fatalities to 2,292.

    At the same time, 456 patients have recovered from the disease, 267 from the Home-Based and Isolation Care, while 189 are from various health facilities. 

    The total number of recoveries now stands at 97,650.

    Currently, a total of 1,620 patients are admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 4,247 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

    235 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 48 of whom are on ventilatory support and 155 on supplemental oxygen. 32 patients are on observation.

    Another 261 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 248 of them in the general wards and 13 in the High Dependency Unit ( HDU ).

    Training for volunteers on handling deceased Covid-19 victims at Jamia Mosque Nairobi. 4th April 2020.
    Training for volunteers on handling deceased Covid-19 victims at Jamia Mosque Nairobi on 4th April 2020.
    Jamia Mosque

    Meanwhile, Narok County Roads and Public Works CEC John Marindany, has succumbed to Covid-19.

    Marindany died on Wednesday, April 7, at a Nairobi hospital while receiving treatment. He had been taken ill on Monday at his home in Chelchel village.

    “Yesterday, at around 1500hrs, he developed breathing problems while undergoing treatment at the hospital and was pronounced dead shortly,” a report by Angata Barrikoi Chief Joseph Kirui read.

    Furthermore, Kenyatta National Hospital announced that it is scaling down on surgical procedures that are elective in nature on Wednesday April 7.

    In a notice, the hospital said it is experiencing an increase in oxygen consumption due to the Covid-19 pandemic and that over the last year, the average consumption of oxygen had doubled.

    However, the government on Thursday, April 8, unveiled an Oxygen Task Force in a bid to formulate plans and strategies to mitigate the ongoing oxygen shortage crisis in the country. 

    According to the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, the lack of oxygen had deteriorated adding that it was time for the government to generate a plan to deal with it. 

    "Oxygen Taskforce has identified issues of service, maintenance & operations and pipping as a requirement, which we are currently working on to address with partners such as the World Bank and the French Government," read an excerpt of the statement.

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