CORONA:Four more deaths as Kenya records 271 new virus cases

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,6TH JAN,2020-Kenya on Wednesday recorded 271 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s case load to 97,398, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said.

The CS in a statement confirmed that this was from a sample size of 5,830 recording a positivity rate of 4.6 per cent.

The cumulative tests stand at 1,070,249.

The country’s fatalities have risen to 1,694 after another four patients succumbed to the disease.

Kagwe said that there are 588 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 2,708 patients are on the home-based care programme.

A total of 27 patients are in ICU, out of which 16 are on ventilatory support.

Also, 16 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of which 15 are in general wards and one in the HDU.

Meanwhile, 609 patients have recovered from the disease out of which 502 were from the Homebased care program while 107 were discharged from various health facilities.

Kenya’s recoveries now stand at 79,966.

From the new cases reported on Wednesday, 261 are Kenyans while 10 are foreigners.

In terms of gender, 143 are males while 128 are females and the youngest in a one-year-old child and the oldest is 68.

Nairobi leads with 117 cases.

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