7 more patients dead as Kenya records 479 new COVID-19 cases

7 more patients dead as Kenya records 479 new COVID-19 cases
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses the press on the state of COVID-19 in the country on December 18, 2020. PHOTO / COURTESY / MOH

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced that 479 people tested positive for COVID-19 out of a sample size of 4,043 tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total confirmed infections to 109,643.

From the cases, 424 are Kenyans while 55 are foreigners; 257 are males and 222 are females, while the youngest is a one-year-old baby and the oldest is 93.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, revealed that 113 patients recovered from the coronavirus; 65 from the Home Based and Isolation Care while 48 were discharged from various health facilities, taking the total recoveries to 87,736.

CS Kagwe however noted that 7 patients succumbed to the disease, taking the cumulative fatalities to 1,886.

The 479 cases were recorded across various counties namely: Nairobi 189, Machakos 117, Mombasa 36, Nakuru 33, Kiambu 31, Turkana 13, Uasin Gishu 9, Siaya 9, Trans Nzoia 8, Busia 7, Nandi 5, Kilifi 4, Kajiado 3, Kisumu 3, Meru 3, Makueni 3, Kakamega 2, Mandera 1, Taita Taveta 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1 and Kitui 1.

The 189 cases in Nairobi are from Kamukunji (22), Westlands (21), Dagoretti North (15), Embakasi Central (14), Starehe (13), Makadara (12), Mathare (10), Embakasi East, Embakasi South, Lang’ata, Roysambu and Ruaraka (9) cases each, Dagoretti South, Kasarani and Embakasi West (8) cases each, Kibra (7), Embakasi North (6). In Machakos the 117 cases are from Matungulu (52), Machakos Town (32), Athi River (9), Kangundo (7), Mwala (6), Kalama and Yatta (4) cases each, Masinga (2) and Kathiani (1).

In Mombasa, the 36 cases are from Likoni (20), Jomvu (7), Mvita (6) and Kisauni (3). In Nakuru, the 33 cases are from Nakuru North (16), Nakuru West (7), Nakuru East (6), Molo (2), Gilgil and Kuresoi (1) case each.

In Kiambu, the 31 cases are from Ruiru (11), Thika (6), Kiambu Town (4), Kabete and Kiambaa (3) cases each, Limuru (2), Juja and Kikuyu (1) case each. In Turkana, all the 13 cases are from Turkana West.

In Uasin Gishu, the 9 cases are from Kesses (5), Moiben (2), Ainabkoi and Soy (1) case each. In Siaya, all the 9 cases are from Alego Usonga. In Trans Nzoia, the 8 cases are from Kiminini (4), Cherangany (3) and Saboti (1).

In Busia, the 7 cases are from Matayos (4), Teso North (2) and Teso South (1). In Nandi, all the 5 cases are from Nandi Hills. In Kilifi, the 4 cases are from Kilifi North (3) and Magarini (1).

The 3 cases in Kajiado are from Kajiado North (2) and Kajiado East (1), the 3 cases in Kisumu are all from Kisumu Central, the 3 cases in Makueni are all from Makueni, and the 3 cases in Meru are from Imenti North (2) and Imenti South (1).

In Kakamega, the 2 cases are from Likuyani and Lurambi (1) case each. The case in Mandera is from Mandera East, the case in Taita Taveta is from Taveta, the case in Elgeyo Marakwet is from Keiyo South and the case in Kitui is from Kitui West.

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