Kenya records 1153 new  COVID-19 cases   as positivity rate  now stands at 12.4%

Kenya records 1153 new COVID-19 cases as positivity rate now stands at 12.4%

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,24TH APRIL,2021-The Ministry of Health on Saturday announced that 1,153 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 9,316 tested in the last 24 hours.

This now takes the country’s positivity rate to 12.4%; as the total confirmed positive infections hit 156,318 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,641,015.

From the cases 1,128 are Kenyans while 25 are foreigners; 705 are males and 448 are females, the youngest is a 9-month-old-infant while the oldest is 101 years.

The ministry also said 20 deaths have been reported; with 1 having occurred in the last 24hrs, 5 having occurred on diverse dates within the last one month, while 14 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits.

This now pushes cumulative fatalities to 2,603.

191 patients also recovered from the disease; 109 from Home Based and Isolation Care while 82 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 106,284; out of which 77,417 are from Home Based Care and Isolation while 28,867 are from various health facilities.

The cases were recorded in such counties as: Nairobi 190, Nakuru 107, Kisumu 90, Bungoma 72, Uasin Gishu 66, Nyeri 62, Migori 58, Kakamega 52, Baringo 48, Kiambu 44, Laikipia 34, Nyamira 33, Busia 28, Machakos 27, Nandi 22, Kisii 21, Mombasa 19, Kitui 18, Turkana 14, Noma bay 14, Siaya 13, Embu 13, Kajiado 12, Mandera 12, Meru 10, Trans Nzoia 10, Marsabit 9, Taita Taveta 8, Murang’a 8, Kilifi 7, Nyandarua 6, Makueni 5, Vihiga 5, Kericho 4, Bomet 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 3, Narok 3, Garissa 2 and Tharaka Nithi 1.

“A total of 1,453 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 6,832 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care,” read a statement from the ministry.

“210 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 49 of whom are on ventilatory support and 130 on supplemental oxygen. 31 patients are on observation.”

It further added: “Another 163 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 151 of them in general wards and 12 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

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