Kenya has recorded 724 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 56,601.
According to Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe, the 724 cases were detected from 5,085 samples that were tested between Sunday and Monday. So far, Kenya’s cumulative tests stand at 704,604.
While expressing concern over political rallies that attract huge gatherings, CS Kagwe said that Kenya’s Coronavirus positivity rate is at 14.2%. Kagwe urged the political class to understand that protecting people’s lives is an important responsibility that supersedes any other issue in the country.
From the new cases, 703 are Kenyans and 21 are foreigners. A one-year-old baby is the youngest patient today, while the oldest is 84 years.
The males take the lion’s share of the new infections- 453, against 270 females.
The cases are distributed across 30 counties with Nairobi leading with 362 cases. Nakuru 46, Meru 44, Busia 44, Kiambu 38, Bungoma 33, Machakos 24, Laikipia 23, Mombasa 19, Garissa 17, Marsabit 10, Kisumu 10, Kajiado 8, Kilifi 8, Uasin Gishu 8, Nyeri 6, Kakamega 3, Kwale 3, Makueni 3, Kisii 2, Murang’a 2, Nyandarua 2, Nandi 2, Isiolo 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Kitui 1, Tana River 1, Migori 1, and Vihiga 1.
248 patients have recovered from the virus, bringing total recoveries to 37,442. 178 of the recoveries were from the Home-Based Care Program while 70 were discharged from hospitals.
COVID-19 death toll in the country has risen to 1,027 after 14 people lost their lives.
“Currently, there are 1,297 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,841 are on Home Based Isolation and care. 54 patients are in ICU, 26 of whom are on ventilatory support and 28 on supplemental oxygen,” says CS Kagwe who lamented that Kenyans have dropped the ball in terms of adhering to COVID-19 containment protocols.