144 people test positive for coronavirus in Kenya, caseload rises to 34,201

144 people test positive for coronavirus in Kenya, caseload rises to 34,201
FILE PHOTO: A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus linked to the Wuhan outbreak, shared with Reuters on February 18, 2020. NEXU Science Communication/via REUTERS

144 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya raising the country’s caseload to 34,201.

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the new cases are from a sample size of 4,260 tested in the last 24 hours.

“Our cumulative tests now stand at 454,406,” he said in a statement.

From the new confirmed cases, 133 are Kenyans while 11 are foreigners: in terms of gender, 88 are males and 56 females.

The youngest is a 7-year old child while the oldest is 84.

The distribution of the cases by Counties is as follows: Nairobi 77; Mombasa 18; Kiambu 9; Kisumu 6; Kajiado 6; Machakos 5; Narok 5; Turkana 5; Nakuru 4; Nandi 2; Laikipia 1; Meru 1; Siaya 1; Isiolo 1; Kilifi 1; Homabay 1 and Trans Nzoia 1.

In terms of Sub County distribution, the 77 cases in Nairobi, are from Westlands (14), Embakasi East and Langata (8) cases each, Dagoretti North (7), Roysambu (5), Embakasi Central, Embakasi South, Kamukunji, Kibra and Ruaraka (4) cases each, Embakasi North, Embakasi West and Makadara (3) cases each, Kasarani and Starehe (2) cases each, and Dagoretti South and Mathare (1) case each.

In Mombasa, the 18 cases are in Changamwe and Mvita (5) cases each, Nyali (3), Kisauni and Likoni (2) cases each and Jomvu (1) case. In Kiambu, the 9 cases are in Kiambu Town, Kikuyu, Lari and Thika (2) cases each, and Kiambaa (1) case.

In Kisumu, the 6 cases are in Kisumu West (5) and Kisumu Central (1), while the 6 cases in Kajiado, are in Kajiado North (4) and Kajiado Central (2).

In Machakos, the 5 cases are in Athi River and Kangundo (2) cases each, and Machakos Town (1).

The 5 cases in Narok, are in Narok East and Narok North (2) cases each, while the 5 cases in Turkana, are all in Turkana Central.

In Nakuru, the 4 cases are in Nakuru East (3) and Nakuru West (1), while the 2 cases in Nandi are all in Chesumei.

The case in Laikipia is in Laikipia West, the case in Meru is in Imenti North, the case in Siaya is in Alego Usonga, the case in Isiolo is in the town, the case in Kilifi is in Kilifi South, the case in Homa bay is in Rachuonyo South and the case in Trans Nzoia is in Kiminini.

205 patients have since recovered from the disease, 122 from the Home-Based Care Program, and 83 have been discharged from various hospitals.

Total recoveries now stand at 19,893.

“We thank our healthcare workers for their selfless devotion to duty that has enabled us to achieve these results,” CS Kagwe said.

Three patients succumbed to the disease bringing our fatality to 577.

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