Four dead as 180 people test positive for virus

59 cases of deaths from the total number of deaths are cancer-related.

In Summary

• Four more patients have succumbed to the virus, bringing the total fatality cases to 1,773.

• 83 patients have recovered from the virus, where 30 are from various hospitals and 53 were from Home-Based Care Programs.

Health CAS Rashid Aman during the daily Covid-19 briefing on May 7, 2020.
Health CAS Rashid Aman during the daily Covid-19 briefing on May 7, 2020.
Image: MERCY MUMO

180 more patients have tested positive for coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has said.

Health CAS Rashid Aman said on Thursday that the new cases were picked from 4,580 samples.

This brings the total number of positive cases confirmed in the country to 101,339 while the cumulative tests are 1,200,302.

The CAS added that four more patients have succumbed to the virus, bringing the total fatality cases to 1,773.

Eighty-three patients have recovered from the virus. Thirty are from various hospitals and 53 were from Home-Based Care Programs, adding the total number of recoveries to 84,143.

Nairobi leads from the new cases recorded today, registering 99 cases, followed by Kiambu with 33.

Nakuru 8, Kajiado 7, Kisumu 6, Uasin Gishu 5, Mombasa 4, Taita Taveta 4, Nandi 3, Nyeri 3, Meru 2, Busia 1, Kakamega 1, Kericho 1, Kilifi 1, Kwale 1 and Machakos 1.

460 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,432 are on Home Based Isolation and Care. 

Twenty-six patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 11 of whom are on ventilatory support and 15 on supplemental oxygen.

16 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 12 of them in the general wards and  4 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

During the briefings, Health DG Patrick Amoth said that 59 cases of deaths from the total number of deaths are cancer-related.

"3 per cent of Covid deaths are related to cancer or occur to people who had cancer as an underlying condition," Amoth said.

Amoth added that the ministry is targeting the people who are at the highest risk of getting the virus in its test, including the truck drivers.

Amoth said that the country will receive Covid vaccines under the COVAX Facility by late February.

“We are supposed to receive 4,176,000 doses of AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine…anytime beginning mid this month, towards the end of this month we should be able to have our vaccines in the country.”

CAS Aman said that as the country joins the world in commemorating World Cancer Day, Kenyans should take a step and take part in cancer screening.

"Cancer is one of the underlying diseases that have had a major impact when it comes to the Coronavirus disease."

Also, the ministry said that the top five cancers diagnosed annually in the country are breast cancer with approximately 6,800 new cases, cervical cancer (5,200), prostate (3,400), oesophagus (2,900), and colorectal 2,724 new cases, accounting to 50 per cent of all new cancer cases annually.