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BY NAMULONGO PETER,14TH SEPT,2020-Kenya now has a total of 36,205 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the Health ministry announced on Monday, saying only 48 more people were found infected following the testing of 1,081 samples in the last 24 hours.
Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mercy Mwangangi said this raised the total number of samples analysed in the country, since the first Covid-19 case was reported on March 13, to 498,733.
Dr Mwangangi said Mombasa County accounted for 20 of the new cases, Nairobi 15, Tharaka-Nithi four, Kiambu, Kilifi and Meru two each, and Machakos, Wajir and Homa Bay one each.
Kenya has been recording a notably low number of new coronavirus infections as it works to maintain a positivity rate of at most five per cent, which is required for declaration of a flattening curve.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says this rate has to be maintained for at least 14 days.
The virus originated in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019 and has since spread across the globe, infecting over 29 million people and killing more than 929,000 as of September 14, according to case tracker Worldometer.
The ministry also said 176 more patients in Kenya had recovered from the disease, 45 of them at home and 131 in hospital, raising the total number of recovered patients to 23,243.
It further announced two more deaths from the virus, raising the toll to 624.
Acting Health Services Director-General Patrick Amoth said only 22 patients were in critical care, 15 of them on ventilators and seven on supplemental oxygen.