17 more patients succumb to COVID-19 as Kenya caseload surpasses 74K


17 more patients succumb to COVID-19 as Kenya caseload surpasses 74K
A coronavirus disease patient holds up his hand inside the COVID-19 ICU of Machakos Level 5 Hospital, in Machakos, Kenya October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

17 more people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Kenya as the country’s caseload rose to 74,145.

A statement from Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said 1,459 more people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours.

“There are 1,116 patients admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,232 are on Home Based Isolation and Care. 59 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 28 on supplemental oxygen,” the statement reads.

Another 83 patients are reported to be on supplementary oxygen out of whom 67 are in the general wards, while 16 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

The 1,459 patients who tested positive are from a sample size of 10,146 with cumulative tests now at 815,040.

From the new cases, 1,419 are Kenyans while 40 are foreigners: 835 are male and 624 are female.

The youngest is four-month old infant and the oldest is 97.

Distribution of the cases by counties is as follows: Nairobi 472, Kiambu 311, Mombasa 108, Laikipia 63, Uasin Gishu 53, Busia 49, Kisumu 48, Meru 43, Nakuru 36, Kericho 33, Kisi 29, Kakamega 29, Marsabit 17, Murang’a 16, Nyamira 16, Kajiado 15, Garissa 13, Nandi 12, Kitui 12, Nyeri 11, Machakos
11, Siaya 10, Bungoma 10, Turkana 8, Kirinyaga 8, Kilifi 6, Bomet 5, Trans Nzoia 4, Homabay 3, Makueni 2, Taita Taveta 2, Kwale 2, Isiolo 1, and Tharaka Nithi 1.

In terms of Sub County Distribution; the 472 cases in Nairobi are from Westlands (71), Kibra (55), Lang’ata (35), Dagoretti North (33), Starehe (32), Makadara (30), Kamukunji and Roysambu (27) cases each, Kasarani (25), Mathare (24), Dagoretti South (23), Embakasi Central (22), Embakasi East and Embakasi West (17) cases each, Ruaraka (13), Embakasi North (12) and Embakasi South (9).

In Kiambu, the 311 cases are from Thika (62), Kiambu Town (50), Ruiru (46), Kikuyu (33), Kiambaa (31), Limuru (18), Kabete (15), Gatundu South (14), Githunguri and Juja (13) cases each, Gatundu North (11) and Lari (5).

In Mombasa, the 108 cases are from Mvita (49), Jomvu (35), Nyali (9), Changamwe and Kisauni (6) cases each, Likoni (3). In Laikipia the 63 cases are from Laikipia West (49) and Laikipia East (14).

In Uasin Gishu, the 53 cases are from Ainabkoi (27), Kesses and Turbo (8) cases each, Soy (4), Kapseret and Moiben (3) cases each. In Busia, the 49 cases are from Matayos (35), Teso South (10) and Nambale (4).

In Kisumu, the 48 cases are from Kisumu Central and Kisumu East (23) cases each, Kisumu West and Nyando (1) case each. In Meru, the 43 cases are from Imenti North (17), Igembe South (12), Imenti South (10), I9embe Central (2), Buuri and Tigania West (1) Case each.

In Nakuru, the 36 cases are from Nakuru East (11), Naivasha (7), Nakuru West and Rongai (5) cases each, Molo (4), Gilgil (3) and Nakuru North (1).

In Nyeri, the 11 cases are from Mathira East and Nyeri central (4) cases each, Mukurweini (3). In Machakos, the 11 cases are from
Athi River (10) and Kangundo (1). In Siaya, the 10 cases are from Alego Usonga (8) and Bondo (2). In Bungoma, the 10 cases are from Kanduyi (6), Kimilili (2), Kabuchai and Webuye East (1) case each.

In Turkana, all the 8 cases are from Turkana Central, while the 8 cases in Kirinyaga, are from Kirinyaga Central and Kirinyaga East (3) cases each, Kirinyaga North and Kirinyaga West (1) case each.

In Kilifi, the 6 cases are from Malindi (5) and Kaloleni (1). In Bomet, all the 5 cases are from Bomet East, whiie in Trans Nzoia, the 4 cases are from Saboti (2), Endebess and Kiminini (1) case each. In Homabay, the 3 cases are from Homabay Town and Rangwe (1).

The 2 cases in Makueni, are all from Kibwezi East, the 2 cases in Taita Taveta, are from Voi, and the 2 cases in Kwale, are from Msambweni. The case in Isiolo, is from Merti and the case in Tharaka Nithi is from Igambang’ombe.

Meanwhile, 780 patients have recovered from the disease: 690 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 90 have been discharged from various hospitals. Total recoveries now stands at 50,658.

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