18 deaths as Kenya records 902 new virus cases

In Summary

•The country's fatalities have risen to 2,135 after another 18 patients succumbed to the disease on diverse dates.

•Kenyans have been urged to surrender excess medical gas cylinders to hospitals which will be utilized for cases that are in need.

CS Health Mutahi Kagwe during a press briefing at Afya House on Monday, 29 March.
CS Health Mutahi Kagwe during a press briefing at Afya House on Monday, 29 March.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Kenya on Monday recorded 902 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country's case load to 131,116, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said.

The CS in a statement confirmed that this was from a sample size of 3,395 recording a positivity rate of 26.6 per cent.

The cumulative tests stand at 1,472,230.

The country's fatalities have risen to 2,135 after another 18 patients succumbed to the disease on diverse dates.

Kenyans have been urged to surrender excess medical gas cylinders to hospitals which will be utilized for cases that are in need.

Kagwe said that there are 1,270 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 4,620 patients are on the home-based care programme.

A total of 137 patients are in ICU, out of which 36 are on ventilatory support.

Also, 90 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of which 78 are in general wards and 12 in the HDU.

Meanwhile, 407 patients have recovered from the disease out of which 237 were from the Homebased care program while 170 were discharged from various health facilities.

Kenya's recoveries now stand at 92,161.

In terms of distribution, Nairobi has 707 cases, Nakuru 40, Uasin Gishu 39, Machakos 29, Kiambu 21, Kajiado 21, Kitui 12, Kilifi 9, Mandera 5, Laikipia 3, Nyeri 3, Makueni 2, Kakamega 2, Kirinyaga 1, Nandi 1, Siaya 1, Baringo 1, Bomet 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Kwale 1, Taita Taveta 1 and Trans Nzoia 1.

The CS emphasized the need for more quality medical gas cylinders for Covid-19 critical patients.

"One of the critical components in the fight against this virus is the oxygen supply to our patients.  As of today the number of patients admitted in hospitals has shot up to 1,270 in our various hospitals, while 4,620 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care," he said.

He added...

"I am aware that the demand for oxygen across the country has placed a burden on manufacturers to prioritize life-saving medical gas manufacturing at the expense of other sectors that also need industrial gas."