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Kenya records highest number of Covid-19 cases in a day after 2,008 new infections

The country lost six patients pushing the country's cumulative fatalities to 2,098.

In Summary

• On the day President Uhuru Kenyatta reintroduced the cessation of movement in five counties, the country recorded 2,008 new Covid-19 cases from a sample size of 11,360.

• In terms of recoveries, 245 patients have recovered from the disease with 165 from home-based and isolation care while 80 are from various health care facilities.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a press conference at Afya house on April 9, 2020.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a press conference at Afya house on April 9, 2020.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

Kenya on Friday recorded the highest numbers within 24 hours since the pandemic struck last year.

On the day President Uhuru Kenyatta reintroduced the cessation of movement in five counties, the country recorded 2,008 new Covid-19 cases from a sample size of 11,360.

This represents a positivity rate of 17.7%.

The total confirmed cases now stand at 128,178, with the cumulative tests conducted so far being 1,455,061.

From the cases, 1,954 are Kenyans while 54 are foreigners.

Gender wise, 1,090 are males and 918 are females, with the youngest being a one-year-old baby while the oldest is 94.

In terms of recoveries, 245 patients have recovered from the disease with 165 from home-based and isolation care while 80 are from various health care facilities.

The total number of recoveries in the country now stands at 91,513.

The country lost six patients, all of whom are late death reports from facility record audits that occurred on diverse dates.

This now pushes the country's cumulative fatalities to 2,098.

A total of 1,192 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 3,777 patients are on home based isolation and care.

124 patients are in ICU, 37 of whom are on ventilatory support and 78 on supplemental oxygen. Nine patients are on observation.

Another 81 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 68 of them in the general wards and 13 in the High Dependency Unit.

On vaccination, 90,340 vaccines have been administered across the country.

The county distribution of Covid-19 cases is as follows; Nairobi leads with 1,071 followed by Nakuru with 105, Machakos 84, Mombasa 76, Uasin Gishu 64, Kitui 54, Kisumu 41, Meru 34, Tharaka Nithi 31, Kajiado 26, Kakamega and Murang'a with 25 each, Garissa 24, Makueni 21 and Baringo 20.

Others are Nyandarua with 15, Trans Nzoia 14, Nandi and Kilifi with 13 cases each, Nyeri 12 and Turkana  with 11.

Kericho and Laikipia have six cases each, Busia five, Embu four, Bungoma, Migori and Taita Taveta with three each, Kisii and Siaya with two, while Marsabit, Narok, Bomet, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kirinyaga have one case each.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared a cessation of movement in five counties.

This include; Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru counties.

The counties were put under the cessation of movement indefinitely.

"These countries are declared a disease infected area," he said during a press conference on Friday.

"There shall be a cessation of movement into and out of the infected areas."

Uhuru said this is effective midnight tonight.