COVID-19: Kenya records 129 new cases, 59 recoveries, 3 deaths


COVID-19: Kenya records 129 new cases, 59 recoveries, 3 deaths
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 Sunday said 129 people tested positive for COVID-19 out of a sample size of 4,797 tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total confirmed infections to 101,819.

From the cases, 96 are Kenyans while 33 are foreigners; 69 are males while 60 are females, and the youngest is a one-year-old baby while the oldest is 81.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, said 59 patients recovered from the disease; 25 were discharged from various health facilities while 34 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care, taking the total recoveries to 84,361.

CS Kagwe however noted that 3 patients succumbed to the coronavirus pushing the cumulative fatalities to 1,779.

The 129 cases were distributed across various counties such as; Nairobi 87, Uasin Gishu 12, Kiambu 11, Machakos 4, Kisumu 3, Isiolo 2, Kajiado 2, Laikipia 2, Bungoma 1, Kericho 1, Kilifi 1, Meru 1, Mombasa 1 and Nyamira 1.

The 87 cases in Nairobi are from Kibra, Lang’ata and Westlands (10) cases each, Makadara (8), Dagoretti North and Kamukunji (7) cases each, Roysambu (6), Embakasi West (5), Embakasi East and Kasarani (4) cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi South and Starehe (3) cases each, Embakasi North, Mathare and Ruaraka (2) cases each, Embakasi Central (1).

In Uasin Gishu the 12 cases are from Moiben (8), Ainabkhoi and Turbo (2) cases each. In Kiambu the 11 cases are from Kiambu Town and Ruiru (4) cases each, Kabete, kikuyu and Limuru (1) case each.

In Machakos the 4 cases are from Athi River (2), Kangundo and Machakos Town (1) case each. In Kisumu the 3 cases are from Kisumu Central (2) and Kisumu East (1). In Isiolo the 2 cases are all from Isiolo Town.

In Kajiado the 2, cases are from Kajiado Central and Kajiado North with (1) case each while in Laikipia the 2 cases are from Laikipia east and Laikipia West with (1) case each.

The case in Bungoma is from Kanduyi, the case in Kericho is from Ainamoi, the case in Kilifi is from Malindi, the case in Meru is from Imenti South, the case in Mombasa is from Mvita and the case in Nyamira is from Manga.

CS Kagwe also stated that there are 391 patients currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,378 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

He added that 37 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 15 of whom are on ventilatory support and 18 on supplemental oxygen with 4 on observation.

Another 13 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with all of them in the general wards.

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