Coronavirus: Kenya announces 16 new deaths, 497 cases and 238 recoveries


Coronavirus: Kenya announces 16 new deaths, 497 cases and 238 recoveries
A man assembles new treatment beds at a yet to be used field hospital build to treat a large number of patients due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has announced 497 new cases of the coronavirus in the country, tested from a sample of 4,888.

The new cases push Kenya’s total coronavirus case load to 46,144 and the total number of samples tested so far to 632,669.

Out of the cases, 471 are Kenyans while 26 are foreigners. 295 are males while 202 are female.

The youngest patient is a one-year-old child while the oldest is 88.

27 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 21 on ventilatory support and 41 on supplementary oxygen.

1,189 are currently admitted to various facilities across the country while 2,661 are recovering under the Home-Based Isolation and Care.

The cases are distributed across the counties as follows: Nairobi 227, Machakos 64, Mombasa 51, Uasin Gishu 37, Laikipia 28, Busia 19, Kajiado 11, Embu 10, Nakuru 9, Wajir 7, Kiambu 6, Kilifi 6,Kisumu 4, Nyeri 4, Makueni 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Meru 2, Kisii 2, Turkana 2, Narok 1, Homabay 1 and Kakamega 1.

In terms of Sub County Distribution; In Nairobi, the 227 cases are from Lang’ata (32), Westlands (26), Embakasi West (20), Makadara (19), Embakasi East (17), Kasarani (16), Embakasi North (15), Kibra (12), Dagoretti North (11), Dagoretti South and Starehe (10) cases each, Embakasi South (9), Mathare and Roysambu (8) cases each, Kamukunji and Ruaraka (6) cases each, Embakasi Central (2).

In Machakos, the 64 cases are from Machakos Town (48), Kangundo (7), Athi River (4), Kathiani (3), Masinga and Matungulu (1) case each.

In Mombasa, the 51 cases are from Jomvu (22), Mvita (21), Nyali (4) Kisauni (2), Changamwe and Likoni (1) case each. In Uasin Gishu, the 37 cases are from Ainabkoi (11), Kesses (9), Turbo (7), Kapseret (6) Soy (3) and Moiben (1).

In Laikipia, the 28 cases are from Laikipia West (27) and Laikipia East (1). In Busia, the 19 cases are from Teso North (17) and Matayos (2). In Kajiado, the 11 cases are from Kajiado North (10) and Kajiado East (1). In Embu, the 10 cases are from Mbeere North (7) and Manyatta (3).

In Nakuru, the 9 cases are from Naivasha (8) and Nakuru East (1), while in Wajir, all the 7 cases are from Wajir East.

In Kiambu, the 6 cases are from Kabete (2), Kiambaa, Kiambu Town, Ruiru and Thika (1) case each, while in Kilifi, the 6 cases are from Kilifi South (4) and Malindi (2).

In Kisumu, all the 4 cases are from Kisumu Central, while in Nyeri, the 4 cases are from Nyeri Central (3) and Mathira East (1).

In Makueni, the 3 cases are from Makueni, Mbooni and Kibwezi East (1) case each.

The 2 cases in Elgeyo Marakwet, are from Keiyo South and Marakwet West (1) case each, the 2 cases in Meru, are from Imenti North and Imenti South (1) case each, the 2 cases in Kisii, are all from Kitutu Chache South, and all the 2 cases in Turkana, are from Turkana West.

The case in Narok, is from Narok North, the case in Homabay, is from Suba South, and the case in Kakamega, is from Likuyani.

The MoH also announced 16 new coronavirus deaths which push Kenya’s total fatalities to 858.

238 patients have also recovered: 170 from the Home-Based Care Program and 68 from various hospitals.

32,760 people have so far recovered from the disease since the pandemic was first reported in the country.

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