Kenya records 960 new COVID-19 cases


Kenya records 960 new COVID-19 cases
Health workers collect a COVID-19 test sample. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kenya has recorded 960 new coronavirus cases pushing the country’s total caseload so far to 17,603.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said the new infections were recorded following testing of 8,261 samples within the last 24 hours.

Out of the 960 new cases, Nairobi has the highest share with 510 new infections followed by Kajiado (102), Kiambu (100), Machakos (58), Mombasa (48), Busia (21), Garissa (17), Uasin Gishu (15), Kisumu (14), Nakuru (12) and Narok (10).

Other counties that have recorded new cases are Turkana (9), Bomet (8), Kericho (7), Laikipia (5), Murang’a (5), Makueni (5), Embu (3), Nyeri (2), Taita Taveta (2), Kakamega (2), Bungoma (2), Tana River (1), Trans Nzoia (1) and Kisii (1).

Of the new cases, 952 are Kenyans and eight of them foreign nationals from including British (2), Somalia (2), and Tanzania (1).

The new patients include 604 male while 356 are female. They are aged between 1 -88 years.

At the same time, two more patients have succumbed to the disease, raising the number of fatalities recorded in the country so far to 280.

A total of 169 more patients have also recovered from the disease, 83 of them being discharged from hospitals while 86 were under home-based care. This now brings the cumulative number of recoveries to 7,743.

In Nairobi, the 510 cases are in; Lang’ata (65), Westlands (51), Embakasi East (45) Starehe (42), Kibra (39), Dagoretti North and Embakasi West (35) each, Kasarani (27), Makadara (26), Embakasi Central and Dagoretti South (23) cases, Embakasi South (22), Roysambu (21), Kamukunji (18), Embakasi North (17), Ruaraka (15), and Mathare (6).

In Kajiado, the 102 cases are in; Kajiado East (48), Kajiado North (26), Loitokitok (16) and Kajiado Central (12).

In Kiambu the 100 cases are in Kiambu Town (20), Githunguri (19), Ruiru and Thika (14) cases each. Limuru (8), Kikuyu (7) Kiambaa (6), Kabete (5), Juja (3), Gatundu South (2), Gatanga and Lari (1) case each.

In Machakos, all the 58 cases are in Athi River Sub-County.

Mombasa cases are distributed as follows: Mvita (22), Jomvu (10), Likoni (6), Nyali (5), Kisauni (3) and Changamwe (2).

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