Kenya loses 16 more to virus as 1,698 test positive

In Summary

•Kagwe said that there are 1,620 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 4,247 patients are on the home-based care programme.

•A total of 235 patients are in ICU, out of which 48 are on ventilatory support.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

Kenya on Thursday recorded 1,698 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country's case load to 143,063, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said.

The CS in a statement confirmed that this was from a sample size of 11,352 recording a positivity rate of 14.9 per cent.

The cumulative tests stand at 1,542,088.

The country's fatalities have risen to 2,292 after another 16 patients succumbed to the disease over diverse dates.

Kagwe said that there are 1,620 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 4,247 patients are on the home-based care programme.

A total of 235 patients are in ICU, out of which 48 are on ventilatory support.

Also, 261 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of which 248 are in general wards and 13 in the HDU.

Meanwhile, 456 patients have recovered from the disease out of which 267 were from the Homebased care program while 189 were discharged from various health facilities.

Kenya's recoveries now stand at 97,650.

From the new cases reported, Nairobi has 788, Kiambu 121, Nakuru 81, Mombasa 73, Uasin Gishu 65, Turkana 46, Kisumu 43, Kitui 41, Nyeri 39, Machakos 37, Meru 35, Bomet 30, Nyamira 30, Bungoma 28, Kajiado 28, Garissa 24, Busia 23, Kilifi 2, Trans Nzoia 19, Murang’a 14, Kericho 13, Nandi 13, Migori 12, Nyandarua 11, Laikipia 10, Siaya 9, Isiolo 7, Kakamega 6, Taita Taveta 6, Vihiga 5, Makueni 3, West Pokot 3, Homa bay 2, Kwale 2, Tharaka Nithi 2, Kirinyaga 1 and Baringo 1.

In the meantime, a total of 378,363 people have been vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine across the country.