CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Kenya records 18 deaths, 142 new virus cases

Kenya's positivity rate now at 5.4 per cent.

In Summary

•The country's fatalities have risen to 3,206 after another 18 patients succumbed to the disease.

•A total of 92 patients are in ICU, out of which 21 are on ventilatory support.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Kenya on Wednesday recorded 142 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country's case load to 171,226, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said.

The CS in a statement confirmed that this was from a sample size of 2,650, recording a positivity rate of 5.4 per cent.

The cumulative tests stand at 1,818,416.

The country's fatalities have risen to 3,206 after another 18 patients succumbed to the disease on diverse dates.

Kagwe said that there are 1,251 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 4,705 patients are on the home-based care programme.

A total of 92 patients are in ICU, out of which 21 are on ventilatory support.

Also, 90 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of which 84 are in general wards and six in the HDU.

Meanwhile, 16 patients have recovered from the disease out of which seven were from the Homebased care program while nine were discharged from various health facilities.

Kenya's recoveries now stand at 117,039.

The new cases by county distribution are; Nairobi 38, Kisumu 32, Uasin Gishu 14, Kilifi 12, Nandi 7, Meru 6 and Machakos 4. 

Others are Bungoma 3, Kiambu 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Kwale 2, Laikipia 2, Mombasa 2, Nakuru 2, Siaya 2, Narok 1, Murang’a 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Homa Bay 1, Kajiado 1, Kericho 1, Kirinyaga 1, Kisii 1, Kitui 1 and Taita Taveta 1.