20 patients succumb as Kenya records 1,027 new COVID-19 cases

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,17TH APRIL,2021-Kenya has recorded 1,027 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 7,184 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 14.3%. The cumulative confirmed cases now stand at 151,287.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Ministry of Health also announced that 20 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours with, 8 of the deaths having occurred on diverse dates within the last one month, while 12 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits.

The 1,027 new cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 315, Uasin Gishu 94, Nakuru and Kiambu 69 cases each, Kericho 37, Mombasa 35, Machakos, Kirinyaga and Meru 30 cases each, Taita Taveta 27, TransNzoia 25, Kakamega 23, Embu 20, Nyandarua 16, Vihiga, Kisumu, and Kilifi 15 cases each.

At the same time, Busia recorded 14 cases, Murang’a and Kajiado 13 cases each, Bungoma 12, Migori 11, Nyeri 10, Laikipia, Siaya and Garissa 9 cases each, Kitui, Makueni, Marsabit 8 cases each, Nandi 7, Nyamira 6, Homa Bay, Mandera, Bomet 4 cases each, Kisii 3, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Tana River and Tharaka Nithi 2 cases each, Turkana and West Pokot 1 one case each.

The Ministry also announced that 382 patients have recovered from the disease, 267 from Home Based and Isolation Care while 115 are from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries now stand at 101,362.

According to the Ministry, a total of 1,653 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,798 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care. 264 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 55 of whom are on ventilatory support and 161 on supplemental oxygen. 48 patients are on observation.

“Another 239 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 224 of them in general wards and 15 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

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