Kenya records 548 new COVID19 cases, 4 deaths as 1,017 recovers

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,12TH DEC,2020-The number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya has risen to 91,526 after 548 people tested positive for the virus, from a sample size of 6,953 tested in the last 24 hours.

“From the cases 520 are Kenyans while 28 are foreigners. 354 are males and 194 females. The youngest is a five-year old child, while the oldest is 96,” said the Ministry in a statement issued on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health also announced that four more patients had succumbed to the disease bringing the cumulative fatalities to 1,586.

At the same time, 1,017 patients have recovered from the disease, 980 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 37 have been discharged from various hospitals. Total recoveries now stand at 72,596.

The 548 new cases are distributed across the counties as follows: Nairobi 158, Kilifi 145, Nakuru 37, Busia 27, Mombasa 27, Turkana 20, Kajiado 18, Kiambu 17, Uasin Gishu 15, Kakamega 13, Bungoma 10, Kisii 7, Nyamira 7, Kericho 5, Kisumu 4, Machakos 4, Tana River 4, Nandi 4, Marsabit 3, Nyeri 3, Murang’a 3, Siaya 3, Vihiga 3, West Pokot 2, Tharaka Nithi 1, Makueni 1, Kitui 1, Isiolo 1, Taita Taveta 1, Kwale 1, Laikipia 1, Meru 1 and Garissa 1.

According to the Ministry of Health, currently there are are 982 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide and 6,782 on Home Based Isolation and Care. 44 patients are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 15 on supplemental oxygen. 2 are on observation.

Another 47 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen out of whom 38 are in the general wards. 9 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

So far the country has conducted 967,317 COVID-19 tests.

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