Kenya’s COVID-19 cases rise to 95,923 as 80 people test positive


Kenya's COVID-19 cases rise to 95,923 as 80 people test positive
Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient inside a field hospital built on a soccer stadium in Machakos, as the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continue to rise in Kenya, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The Ministry of Health on Sunday announced that 80 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 1,601 tested in the last 24 hours, bringing to 95,923 the number of confirmed infections in the country.

From the cases, 63 are Kenyans while 17 are foreigners; 51 are males and 29 females, while the youngest is a three-year-old child while the oldest is 98.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, revealed that 425 patients recovered from the disease – 369 from the Home Based Care Program while 56 were discharged from various hospitals – taking total recoveries to 77,423.

CS Kagwe however stated that 3 patients succumbed to the coronavirus, bringing the cumulative fatalities to 1,658.

Distribution of the cases by counties is as follows: Nairobi 55, Busia 7, Lamu 5, Kiambu 4, Murang’a 3, Kilifi 2, Kajiado, Kericho, Kitui, and Nakuru 1 case each.

In Nairobi, the 55 cases are from Lang’ata (10), Kibra and Starehe (7) cases each, Westlands (4), Dagoretti North, Embakasi Central, Makadara and Roysambu (3) cases each, Embakasi East, Embakasi South, Embakasi West, Kamukunji, Kasarani and Mathare (2) cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi North and Ruaraka (1) case each.

In Busia, the 7 cases are from Malaba (6) and Matayos (1). In Lamu all the 5 cases are from Lamu West. In Kiambu the 4 cases are from Juja, Kikuyu, Ruiru and Thika with (1) case each.

In Murang’a the 3 cases are from Kandara, Kangema and Kiharu with (1) case each. In Kilifi the 2 cases are from Kilifi North and Malindi with (1) case each.

Kajiado’s case is from Kajiado North, Kericho’s case is from Bureti, Kitui’s case is from Kitui Central and Nakuru’s case is from Naivasha.

“Currently, there are 651 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide and 3,417 on Home Based Isolation and Care. 38 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 18 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 17 on supplemental oxygen. 3 are on observation,” read the statement.

“Another 33 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of whom 26 are in the general wards. 7 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

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