Kenya records 356 new COVID19 cases,5,768 samples tested in the last 24 hours

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,19TH DEC,2020-Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe  on Friday announced 356 COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours from 5,768 samples.

During the opening of the Santamore surgical hospital at Kenol town in Muranga, he said the new figures raise the cumulative cases reported since March 14 to 93,761.

The new cases included 346 Kenyans and were distributed among 227 males and 129 females.

Nairobi accounted for the highest cases at 161 followed by Mombasa (66), Kilifi (21), Kiambu (14), Embu (14), Lamu (10), Nakuru (8), Nyeri (8), Bungoma (7), Homabay (6), Siaya (6), Kisii (5), Makueni (4) and Kisumu (4).

Tana River reported three cases, Nyamira, Taita Taveta, Meru, Kitui had two cases each while a single cases were diagnosed in Laikipia, Machakos, Kwale, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Wajir, Murang’a and Kajiado.

Kagwe noted that another 275 patients recovered from the disease including 227 who were under home-based care and 48 who were discharged from various hospitals.

The total recoveries stand at 75,274.

Kagwe reported 852 active hospital admissions including 49 patients who were under Intensive Care Unit, 23 whom were on ventilator support and 24 on supplementary oxygen.

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Another 37 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen including 29 who were in the general wards and  eight who were under the High Dependency Unit.

Kagwe also announced 11 coronavirus-related deaths reported in 24 hours raising Kenya’s death toll to 1,629.

While officiating the opening of the surgical hospital in Kenol, Kagwe noted that the facility is a major boost to the healthcare system saying that private facilities complement public facilities.

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