Kenya’s COVID-19 cases rise to 79,322 after 810 people test positive, 8 more dead

Kenya's COVID-19 cases rise to 79,322 after 810 people test positive, 8 more dead
A healthcare worker conducts a COVID-19 test. PHOTO| COURTESY

The number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya have risen to 79,322 after 810 more people tested positive for the virus, from a sample size of 7,387 tested in the last 24 hours.

Out of the 810 new cases, 792 are Kenyans while 18 are foreigners. 475 are males and 335 females while the youngest is a one-year old child, with the oldest aged 87.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health also announced that eight more patients have succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 1,417.

The 810 cases are distributed across the counties as follows; Nairobi 252, Mombasa 77, Nakuru 38, Uasin Gishu 36, Siaya 34, Nyandarua 31, Kericho 30, Busia 30, Nyamira 29, Kisumu 22, Kakamega 22, Machakos 21, Murang’a 19, Kiambu 19, Kwale 19, Kajiado 15, Bungoma 15, Kisii 15, Turkana 13, Migori 13, Noma Bay 12, Nandi 9, Kilifi 9, Bomet 6, West Pokot 5, Samburu 4, Vihiga 3, Tana River 3, Makueni 3, Nyeri 2, Lamu 2, Narok 1 and Embu 1.

At the same time, 265 patients have recovered from the disease, 210 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 55 have been discharged from various hospitals. The total recoveries now stand at 52,974.

According the Health Ministry, there are 1,198 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 7,169 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.  49 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 31 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 14 on supplemental oxygen.

Another 106 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen out of whom 91 are in the general wards. 15 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

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