Kenya’s COVID-19 infections cross 50,000-mark after 836 cases, 14 deaths recorded


Kenya's COVID-19 infections cross 50,000-mark after 836 cases, 14 deaths recorded
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The Ministry of Health on Tuesday said 836 more people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 4,076 tested in the last 24 hours, taking the number of infections in Kenya past the 50,000-mark to hit to 50,833.

The CS Mutahi Kagwe-led ministry also announced that 403 patients recovered from the disease, 250 from the Home-Based Care Program while 153 were discharged from various hospitals, hence the total recoveries now stand at 34,832.

However, 14 patients succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 934.

From the 836 cases, 822 are Kenyans and 14 are foreigners; 618 are males and 218 females, with the youngest being a four-month old infant and the oldest 89 years of age.

Distribution of the cases by counties is as follows: Nairobi (556), Uasin Gishu (68), Mombasa (62), Kiambu (32), Nakuru (24), Laikipia (22), Kajiado (12), Machakos (8), Kisumu (7), Murang’a (7), Meru (6), Nandi (5), Trans Nzoia (4), Turkana (4), Elgeyo Marakwet (3), Kisii (3), Baringo (2), Narok (2), Kakamega (2), Wajir (2), Nyandarua (1), Samburu (1), Kilifi (1), Siaya (1) and Homa Bay (1).

In Nairobi, the 556 cases are from Lang’ata (295), Kibra (43), Westlands (31), Embakasi Central (22), Dagoretti North (21), Makadara (18), Ruaraka (16), Embakasi West and Kasarani (15) cases each, Embakasi East, Embakasi South, and Roysambu (14) cases each, Dagoretti South (13), Embakasi North (12), Kamukunji (8), Mathare (3) and Starehe (2).

In Uasin Gishu the 68 cases are from Ainabkoi (52), Turbo (11), Kesses and Soy (2) cases each, Kapseret (1).

In Mombasa, the 62 cases are from Mvita (27), Nyali (14), Jomvu and Kisauni (7) cases each, Likoni (5) and Changamwe (2). In Kiambu, the 32 cases are from Kiambaa (9), Kiambu Town and Kikuyu (5) cases each, Thika (4), Kabete and Ruiru (3) cases each, Juja (2) and Lail (1).

In Nakuru, all the 24 cases are from Naivasha, while in Laikipia the 22 cases are from Laikipia East (21) and Laikipia West (1).

In Kajiado, the 12 cases are from Kajiado North (6), Kajiado East (4), Kajiado Central and Loitokitok (1) case each. In Machakos, the 8 cases are from Machakos Town (6) and Athi River (2). In Kisumu, the 7 cases are from Kisumu Central (4) and Seme (3).

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