Kenya records 19 new COVID-19 deaths & 1,851 cases; positivity rate now at 19.1%


Kenya records 19 new COVID-19 deaths & 1,851 cases; positivity rate now at 19.1%
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a briefing on the state of coronavirus on June 16, 2020. PHOTO | COURTESY

Kenya has recorded 1,851 new COVID-19 infections, tested from a sample size of 9,676 in the last 24 hours pushing the total of positive cases to 136,893 and the total of samples tested so far to 1,504,453.

In a televised update on the situation of COVID-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health said the rate of transmission is still high, with the last 24 hours registering a 19.1% positivity rate.

The new infections comprise 1,767 Kenyans and 84 foreigners; 991 are males while 860 are females.

The youngest patient is a seventh-month-old infant while the oldest is 99.

Across the country, the cases are distributed as follows: In terms of County distribution; Nairobi 796, Kiambu 151, Mombasa 106, Uasin Gishu 83, Nakuru 79, Machakos 52, Nyandarua 44, Kisumu 38, Kilifi 37, Kitui 36, Meru 35, Kericho 34, Kajiado 33, Bungoma 32, Trans Nzoia 25, Embu 22, Kakamega 19, Murang’a 17, Kirinyaga 14, Mandera 14, Makueni 13, West Pokot 11, Siaya 11, Nandi 10, Busia 9, Laikipia 7, Isiolo 6, Kisii 6, Bomet 6, Kwale 5, Baringo 4, Migori 4, Taita Taveta 4, Garissa 3, Turkana 3, Nyeri 3, Marsabit 2, Samburu 1, Tharaka Nithi 1, Narok 1 and Elgeyo Marakwet 1.

The total number of recoveries in the countries has also risen to 93,430 after 363 new recoveries were announced on Friday.

215 of the new recoveries were patients under the Home Based Care and Isolation program while 148 had been admitted to various hospitals across the country.

At the same time, Kenya’s total COVID-19 death toll has risen to 2,186 after 19 deaths- all late death reports from facility records audits- were reported in the last 24 hours

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