COVID UPDATE

Four more deaths as Kenya records 219 new virus cases

Kenya's fatalities have risen to 1,690.

In Summary

•A total of 29 patients are in ICU, out of which 15 are on ventilatory support.

•Kagwe said that there are 614  patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 2,940 patients are on the home-based care programme.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House on May 21, 2020.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House on May 21, 2020.
Image: MERCY MUMO

Kenya on Tuesday recorded 219 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country's case load to 92,127, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said.

The CS in a statement confirmed that this was from a sample size of 5,413 recording a positivity rate of 4.04 per cent.

The cumulative tests stand at 1,064,419.

The country's fatalities have risen to 1,690 after another four patents succumbed to the disease.

Kagwe said that there are 614  patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 2,940 patients are on the home-based care programme.

A total of 29 patients are in ICU, out of which 15 are on ventilatory support.

Also, 17 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of which 16 are in general wards and one in the HDU.

Meanwhile, 100 patients have recovered from the disease out of which 83 were from the Homebased care program while 17 were discharged from various health facilities.

Kenya's recoveries now stand at 79,357.

From the new cases reported on Tuesday, 170 are Kenyans while 49 are foreigners.

In terms of gender, 136 are males while 83 are females and the youngest in a two-month-old child and the oldest is 90.

Nairobi leads with 141 cases.

Meanwhile, Clinical officers have threatened to resume their strike should their return to work formula remain unsigned in full in the next 48 hours.

The union SG George Gibore has accused the council of governors of being insincere and unrealistic by saying that the return to work formula be signed at individual counties yet acknowledge the ongoing conciliation at the Ministry of Labour.

The clinicians had called off their strike on Friday last week but the agreement remains unsigned by the CoG, with the union now saying the grievances they were fighting for remain unresolved despite calling off the strike