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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,30TH NOV,2020-The Ministry of Health on Monday announced that 302 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 3,038 tested in the last 24 hours, bringing to 83,618 the total number of confirmed infections in the country.
From the cases, 286 are Kenyans while 16 are foreigners; 191 are males and 111 females, while the youngest is a one-year old baby and the oldest is 83.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to the press, said 369 patients recovered from the disease – 287 from the Home Based Care Program while 82 were discharged from various hospitals – taking total recoveries to 55,344.
CS Kagwe however said 17 patients succumbed to the disease, bringing the cumulative fatalities to 1,469.
“Kemri-Wellcome Trust gave an update on the ongoing research between the institution, Astra-Zeneca and Oxford University. Kenya, through KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, is one of the 7 countries participating in this research. The other countries are The United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, United States of America, and India,” he said.
“It is expected that from across all these countries, there will be 60,000 participants in the trials before the end of the year. While KEMRI continues to collaborate with Astra-Zeneca and Oxford university in the trials for this vaccine, the Government remains open to other collaborative opportunities. In this regard, KEMRI will collaborate with researchers from other countries such as South Korea, India, Singapore and China among others.”
Distribution of the 302 cases by counties is as follows; Nairobi 134, Kajiado 26, Kisumu 17, Kitui 16, Marsabit 16, Nyeri 16, Mombasa 13, Meru 13, Machakos 13, Nakuru 9, Kiambu 9, Uasin Gishu 8, Embu 2, Busia 2, Kilifi 1, Laikipia 1, Murang’a 1, Kakamega 1, Makueni 1, Samburu 1, Tana River 1, Kericho 1.
In Nairobi, the 134 cases are from Dagoretti North (18), Starehe (14), Lang’ata (13), Westlands (11), Embakasi West (9), Makadara (8), Embakasi East, Kibra and Roysambu (7) cases each, Kasarani and Mathare (6) cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi North, Embakasi South and Kamukunji (5) cases each, Embakasi Central and Ruaraka (4) cases each.
In Kajiado, the 26 cases are from Kajiado Central (16), Kajiado North (7) and Kajiado East (3). In Kisumu, all the 17 cases are from Kisumu Central. In Kitui, all the 16 cases are from Kitui Central.
In Marsabit, all the 16 cases are from Saku. In Nyeri, the 16 cases are from Nyeri Central (9), Mathira East (6) and Kieni East (1). In Mombasa, the 13 cases are from Jomvu (7), Mvita (4), Changamwe and Kisauni (1) case each.
In Meru, the 13 cases are from Imenti North (12) and Tigania West (1). In Machakos, the 13 cases are from Machakos Town (9), Athi River (2), Kathiani and Yatta (1) case each.
In Nakuru, all the 9 cases are from Naivasha while in Kiambu, the 9 cases are from Juja, Kiambaa, Kikuyu and Ruiru (2) cases each, Kiambu Town (1). In Uasin Gishu, all the 8 cases are from Ainabkoi.
The 2 cases in Embu are from Manyatta and Mbeere South (1) case each, while the 2 cases in Busia are from Matayos and Teso South (1) case each.
The case in Kilifi is from Kaloleni, the case in Laikipia is from Laikipia West, the case in Murang’a is from Gatanga, the case in Kakamega is from Lurambi, the case in Makueni is from Mbooni, the case in Samburu is from Samburu East, the case in Tana River is from Garsen, and the case in Kericho is from Ainamoi.