Kisumu COVID-19 cases surge as Kenya records 9.9pc positivity rate


Kisumu COVID-19 cases surge as Kenya records 9.9pc positivity rate
Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong'o and county officials participate in a hand washing exercise to bolster efforts in fight against the pandemic in March 2020. Photo:Courtesy

In Summary

  • Concerns have been raised about the uptick in infections in the county, which is set to host the 2021 Madaraka Day celebrations June 1st
  • The COVID-19 ward at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital was full on Friday, a first in the county, despite Governor Nyong'o's earlier assurances that everything was under control.

Kisumu County was leading in the total number of COVID-19 infections announced on Saturday, recording 103 new cases according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

Nairobi came in second with 61 infections, followed by Kitui (57) and Kericho (43).

Concerns have been raised about the uptick in infections in the county, which is set to host the 2021 Madaraka Day celebrations June 1st

The COVID-19 ward at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital was full on Friday, a first in the county, despite Governor Nyong’o’s earlier assurances that everything was under control.

Meanwhile, the total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Kenya hit 168,108 on Saturday, following 573 new infections tested from 5,798 samples in the last one day according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

The country’s positivity rate stands at 9.9 percent while the number of samples tested since the pandemic struck rose to 1,777,034.

535 Kenyans and 38 foreigners make up the new infections; 365 of the new patients are male while 208 are female.

The youngest patient is a 42-day-old infant while the oldest patient is 100 years.

Across the country, the new cases are distributed as follows:  Kisumu with 103 cases, Nairobi 61, Kitui 57, Kericho 43, Mombasa 39, Kisii 28, Busia 24, Nandi 23, Siaya and Kakamega 22 cases each, Uasin Gishu 18, Nyeri 17, Nakuru 16, Turkana 15, Bungoma 12, Nyamira 9, Migori, Murang’a, Kiambu and Kilifi 8 cases each, Kirinyaga 6, Embu and Homa Bay 5 cases each, Baringo and Kajiado 3 cases each, Laikipia and Trans Nzoia 2 cases each, Machakos, Marsabit, Meru, Narok, Vihiga and West Pokot 1 case each.

In the meantime, 58 patients have recovered from the disease, with 39 receiving home-based and isolation care and 19 receiving care at various health facilities across the country.

Total recoveries have totaled 114,452, with 83,163 from the Home Based Care and Isolation program and 31,289 from other health facilities.

Six deaths have also been confirmed in the last 24 hours, one within the last 24 hours and five late deaths discovered after facility record audits.

The total number of deaths is now estimated to be 3,049.

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