773 new Covid-19 cases as 726 recoveries recorded

In Summary

• The youngest is a seven-day-old infant while the oldest is 109 years old.

• 754 are Kenyans while 19 are foreigners, with 450 being males and 323 being females.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during conference on the update of coronavirus at the Ministry of Health headquarters, Afya House, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during conference on the update of coronavirus at the Ministry of Health headquarters, Afya House, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

Kenya on Friday recorded 773 new Covid-19 cases, from a sample size of 7,036 tested in the last 24 hours, with the positivity rate standing at 11.0%.

Of the cases, 754 are Kenyans while 19 are foreigners, with 450 being males and 323 being females.

Age wise, the youngest is a seven-day-old infant while the oldest is 109 years old.

This now brings the total number of positive cases to 155,165, and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,631,699.

In terms of recovery, 726 patients have recovered from the disease, with 329 from the home based and isolation care while 397 are from various health facilities.

The total number of recoveries in the country stands at 106,093 with 77,308 from home based and isolation care while 28,785 are from various health facilities.

On a sad note, the country has lost 23 patients to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,583.

10 deaths occurred on diverse dates within the last one month, while 13 are late deaths conducted from facility record audits.

A total of 1,469 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 6,795 patients are on home based isolation and care.

236 patients are in ICU, 53 of whom are on ventilatory support and 153 on supplemental oxygen. 30 patients are on observation.

Another 162 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 150 of them in general wards and 12 are in High Dependency Unit.

As of today, 802,760 people have been vaccinated countrywide. Of this, 462,256 are aged 58 years and above, 150,465 are health workers, 123,262 are teachers while 66,777 are security officers.

As of April 22, 2021, a total of 1,080,000 doses had been distributed to the regional depots countrywide leaving a balance of 40,000 doses at the Kitengela Central Vaccine stores.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that the country is doing everything within its power to continue vaccinating as many people as possible.

"We have thus far vaccinated 802,760 persons against Covid-19. We will continue to roll out the vaccine as it becomes available and the rollout will gain momentum as we proceed," he said.