• Asymptomatic patients can spread the disease.
•The number of deaths continued to rise after three more patients succumbed to the virus, raising the fatalities to 1,713.
Ninety-three per cent of the 63 new Covid-19 cases reported on Monday were asymptomatic, meaning they are unaware and can spread the disease.
The new cases were from a sample size of 2,134 tested in 24 hours, representing a positivity rate of 2.9 per cent, the Health ministry said.
The new cases comprised of 37 men and 26 women aged between eight years and 73 years
All are Kenyans except six foreign nationals.
The number of deaths continued to rise after three more patients succumbed to the virus, raising the fatalities to 1,713.
“There are 687 patients admitted in various health facilities and 2,190 on home isolation and care. There are 31 patients in the intensive care unit, 20 on ventilator support and 10 on supplemental oxygen,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said.
The CS further confirmed that one is under observation.
Another 11 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen all in general wards. No patient is in the high dependency unit.
“Today, 22 recovered from home-based care programme while five have been discharged from various hospitals. The total recoveries now stand at 81,101,” Kagwe said.
Nairobi recorded 43 new cases followed by Kakamega, Makueni, Kilifi with three cases each, Busia, Kiambu, Murang’a and Laikipia with two cases each while Nyeri, Nakuru and Machakos each recorded one new case.
Nairobi’s new cases were distributed in Lang’ata and Westlands with seven cases each, Dagoretti North, Embakasi West, Kibera and Makadara with three cases each.
Dagoretti South, Embakasi Central, Kamukunji, Kasarani, Mathare and Ruaraka had two cases each while Embakasi East, Embakasi North, Embakasi South, Roysambu and Starehe each recorded one case.
(Edited by V. Graham)