MoH: 1275 admitted to hospitals over COVID-19, 56 in ICU

MoH: 1275 admitted to hospitals over COVID-19, 56 in ICU
A mural depicting the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters

The Ministry of Health Director General Dr Patrick Amoth now says there are 1275 COVID-19 patients admitted to various hospitals across the country.

Out of the number, 56 are in the ICU, 34 on ventilatory support, 20 on supplementary oxygen and 2 in ICU isolation, pending a transfer into the general ward or the HDU.

The latest come in the backdrop of an announcement by the Ministry of Health that 788 people tested positive for the new coronavirus between Wednesday and Thursday.

Kenya’s cumulative coronavirus caseload now stands at 19,913, having trippled in the last three months.

On Thursday, Health CAS Rashid Aman said more males than females are still contracting the virus and they might need to re-evaluate their diet.

“I urge all of us to adopt a healthy lifestyle, avoid smoking and alcohol and engage in physical activities,” he said adding that mild symptoms of the virus can be managed by taking warm fluids and eating nutritious food.

According to Dr. Aman, 475 of the latest cases are male while 313 are women: they tested positive from 5,521 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

Three of 788 are foreigners while the rest are Kenyan citizens.

100 people have however been discharged in the last 24 hours: eight are from home based care while 92 were discharged from various hospitals.

The total number of discoveries now stands at 8,121.

Death-toll from coronavirus in Kenya has risen to 325 after 14 more patients succumbed to the disease.

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