15 people succumb to coronavirus in Kenya as caseload hits 55,192


15 people succumb to coronavirus in Kenya as caseload hits 55,192
Medical staff dressed in protective suits treat coronavirus disease patients at the COVID-19 ICU of Machakos Level 5 Hospital, in Machakos, Kenya October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

15 more people have succumbed to coronavirus in Kenya as the country’s caseload rose to 55,192 on Saturday.

A statement from Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said 1,395 more people had tested positive in the last 24 hours while the total number of fatalities now stands at 996.

“From the cases, 1,337 are Kenyans and 58 are foreigners. In terms of gender 879 are males and 516 females. The youngest is a four-month old infant, while the oldest is 94,” the statement reads.

According to the Health CS, the latest cases are from a sample size of 7,635 tested with the country’s cumulative tests now at 695,087.

Distribution of the cases by counties is as follows:

  • Nairobi 569
  • Nakuru 149
  • Kiambu 148
  • Mombasa 147
  • Uasin Gishu 60
  • Kilifi 41
  • Kericho 30
  • Laikipia 27
  • Machakos 26
  • Kajiado 25
  • Kisumu 19
  • Meru 18
  • Kakamega 15
  • Busia 14
  • Bungoma 13
  • Samburu 12
  • Nyeri 11
  • Siaya 10
  • Tharaka Nithi 9
  • Kisii 7
  • Bomet, Murang’a and Taita Taveta 6 each
  • Homa Bay and Kwale 4 each
  • Elgeyo Marakewet and Nandi  3 each
  • Embu, Baringo, Nyamira and Wajir 2 each
  • Migori, Nyandarua, Trans Nzoia, Narok and Kirinyaga 1 each

CS Kagwe also noted that there are 1,241 patients admitted to various health facilities countrywide while 4,495 are in home-based care.

“55 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 32 of whom are on ventilatory support and 23 on supplementary oxygen. 45 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen but not in the ICU, while 11 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU),” the CS said.

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