Kenya records 735 new COVID-19 cases as 20 more succumb to virus

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,1ST MAY,2021-Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate is now at 12.8percent after 735 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said total confirmed positive cases are now 160,053 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,675,310.

“20 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, 3 of them occurred in the last24 hours, 13 on diverse dates within the last one month and 4 are late death reports from facility record audits. This now pushes cumulative fatalities to 2,744,” he said in a statement.

New deaths by age; 0-9 years {0), 10-19 years {0), 20-29 (0), 30-39 years (0), 40-49 years (3), 50-59 years (1), 60 years and above (16).

Cumulative deaths by age 0-9 years (52), 10-19 years (19), 20-29 (102), 30-39 years (230), 40-49 years; (357), 50-59 years (601), 60 years and above (1,383).

As of Saturday, a total of 884,858 persons have so far been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease countrywide.

Of these 515,288 are aged 58 and above together with others, health workers are 157,957, teachers 137,348 while security officers 74,272.

A total of 1,304 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 6,648 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

188 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 31 of whom are on ventilatory support and 113 on supplemental oxygen. 44 patients are on observation.

Another 137 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 130 of them in general wards and 7 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

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