COVID-19 UPDATE

20 more deaths as Kenya records 486 new virus cases

248 patients in ICU.

In Summary

•The country's fatalities have risen to 2,368 after another 20 patients succumbed to the disease on diverse dates.

•A total of 248 patients are in ICU, out of which 48 are on ventilatory support.

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

Kenya on Monday recorded 486 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country's case load to 146,156, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said.

The CS in a statement confirmed that this was from a sample size of 2,989 recording a positivity rate of 16.3 per cent.

The cumulative tests stand at 1,564,827.

The country's fatalities have risen to 2,368 after another 20 patients succumbed to the disease on diverse dates.

Kagwe said that there are 1,645 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 6,063 patients are on the home-based care programme.

A total of 248 patients are in ICU, out of which 48 are on ventilatory support.

Also, 277 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of which 256 are in general wards and 21 in the HDU.

Of the newcases, Nairobi has 349 new cases, Kiambu 21, Uasin Gishu 21, Mombasa 17, Kilifi 16, Kajiado 14, Machakos 12, Nakuru 11, Kwale 5, Kericho 4, Kirinyaga 2, Kitui 2, Nyeri 2, Mandera 1, Murang’a 1, Samburu 1, Siaya 1, Kisumu 1, Taita Taveta 1, Turkana 1, Bomet 1, Busia 1 and Elgeyo Marakwet 1.

Meanwhile, 115 patients have recovered from the disease out of which 54 were from the Homebased care program while 61 were discharged from various health facilities.

Kenya's recoveries now stand at 99,210.

The CS said 487,278 people have been vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine.

"118,833 are Health Workers, 39,523 Security Officers, 70,338 Teachers and 258,584 are other members of the public who include those at 58 years and above," Kagwe said.