Kenya Records 1,091 Covid-19 Cases, 261 in ICU

  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on October 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on October 2020.
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  • The Ministry of Health on Thursday, April 15, announced that 1,091 individuals had tested positive for Covid-19, out of a sample size of 5,958 the positivity rate now stands at  18.3 percent.

    The total number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases in Kenya now stands at 149,219. The cumulative tests that have been conducted so far now stand at 1,584,731.

    Of the cases announced today, 1,060 are Kenyans while 31 are foreigners. 619 are male and 472 are female. The youngest is a one-year-old infant while the oldest is 101-years old.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (centre) receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (centre) receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
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    Unfortunately, four deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 2,424.

    At the same time, 392 patients have recovered from the disease, 257 of those are from the Home-Based and Isolation Care, while 135 are from various health facilities. 

    The total number of recoveries now stands at 100,637.

    A total of 1,603 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 5,757 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

    261 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 44 of whom are on ventilatory support and 167 on supplemental oxygen. 50 patients are on observation.

    Another 264 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 250 of them in the general wards and 14 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

    Teacher Service Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nancy Macharia, while speaking during the KCPE results release, revealed that 15 primary school teachers had succumbed to covid-19. The 15 cases included 8 headteachers, 3 deputy headteachers and 4 teachers.

    On vaccination, 92,246 are teachers have been vaccinated so far.

    “Today His Excellency the President has allowed us to ensure that all teachers will be allowed to take the covid-19 vaccine irrespective of their age. I am appealing to all teachers to go and take the vaccine,” Macharia said.

    Due to the covid-19 pandemic, hospitals in Bungoma have been hit with a shortage of blood.

    Speaking during a blood donation drive in Bungoma, a health care worker, Moses Wetaya, explained that blood supply had been affected since the country was hit with the covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

    “We have started to receive the covid vaccine. In order to donate blood, the donor is required to not have received the vaccine.

    “Covid-19 has been very impactful in terms of blood donation and the availability of blood in the entire country. Most people are shying away in fear of contracting the virus,” he explained.

    The doctor added that another reason why blood supply was low was due to the fact that schools were closed. Schools are one of the major sources.

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    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho receive President Uhuru Kenyatta during the biometric registration of the Universal Healthcare Coverage Programme (UHC) in Mombasa County on Saturday, October 30, 2020
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