20 patients dead as Kenya records 972 new COVID-19 cases


20 patients dead as Kenya records 972 new COVID-19 cases
A lab technician begins semi-automated testing for COVID-19 at Northwell Health Labs on March 11, 2020 in Lake Success, New York. An emergency use authorization by the FDA allows Northwell to move from manual testing to semi-automated. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis)

Twenty more patients have succumbed to the corona virus disease in Kenya, bringing the total fatality to 1,229.

In a  statement issued on Sunday, the Ministry of Health also announced that the number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya had risen to 70,245 after 972 more people tested positive from a sample size of 6,648 tested in the last 24 hours.

“From the cases, 929, are Kenyans and 43 foreigners. 583 are male, and 389 female. The youngest, is a 5 month, while the oldest is 91,” said the Ministry of Health.

At the same time, 352 patients have recovered from the disease, 253 from the home-based care program, while 99 were discharged from various hospitals. This now brings the total recoveries to 45,756.

The 972 cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 378, Kilifi 139, Mombasa 115, Kiambu 70, Machakos 42, Nakuru 31, Uasin Gishu 29, Kajiado 23, Meru 21, Murang’a 16, Busia 14, Nyeri 14, Kitui 12, Kisumu 8, Kakamega 8, Tharaka Nithi 7, Turkana 6, Kwake, Kisii 5, Bungoma 4, Homabay 4, Nandi 3, Embu 3, Trans Nzoia 2, Taita Taveta 2, Isiolo 2, Laikipia 2, Mandera 2, Samburu 1, Kirinyaga 1, Nyandarua 1, Makueni 1, and Garisa 1.

 

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