SURGING NUMBERS

16 more die as Kenya virus cases hit 20,636

Cumulative samples tested stand at 303,959 with 8,165 recoveries.

In Summary

• Kenya on Friday recorded 723 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country's total to 20,636.

• In terms of gender, 450 were male and 273 were female. Age-wise, the youngest was a nine-month-old infant while the oldest was 87 years old.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a briefing on Monday April 13
FILE Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a briefing on Monday April 13
Image: MERCY MUMO

Kenya on Friday recorded 723 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country's total to 20,636.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the new positives were drawn from the 8,679 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours.

This brings the country's cumulative total tests to 303,959. 

 
 
 
 

From the new cases, 700 were Kenyans while 23 were foreigners.

In terms of gender, 450 were male and 273 were female. Age-wise, the youngest was a nine-month-old infant while the oldest was 87 years old.

Speaking during the Covid-19 briefing in Nairobi, Kagwe said 44 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 8,165.

24 of those discharged were from the home-based program while 20 were discharged from various health facilities.

However, 16 more patients succumbed to the virus raising fatalities in the country to 341.

Nairobi continues to lead with the highest Covid-19 cases of 436, followed by Nakuru 83, Mombasa 48 and  Kiambu 45.

The new cases were also distributed in Turkana 12, Uasin Gishu 10 Machakos 9, Kajiado nine, Busia eight, Muranga seven, Kericho seven, Kisumu six, Baringo five,Bomet five, Garissa three, Kwale three, Nyeri three, Siaya three, Isiolo ,Kakamega, Lamu, Meru, wajir, Taita Taveta, Tana River and Vihiga had two cases each while Nyandarua, Elgeiyo Marakwet, Makueni, Marsabit and Kilifi all had one case each.

Kagwe said the state is concerned with the number of young people succumbing to the disease both with or without underlying health conditions.

Kagwe said out of the 30 deaths reported in two days, majority of them were young people.

 

"We have said, do not think just because you are young that this virus will spare you. From Kenyatta National hospital, a 22 year old lady died of the virus," he said.

He went ahead to cite four more young lives lost in various hospitals with majority being below 33 years.

He said the state is aware that despite the ban on taking alcohol in bars, many youth have turned their houses into 'karomindos' (drinking dens).