With the country fully in its second wave of coronavirus infections, Kiambu County registered an alarming number in the last 24 hours.
According to the Ministry of Health, Kiambu came second after Nairobi in terms of the counties that had registered COVID-19 cases.
The county recorded 311 new cases against Nairobi’s 472. Mombasa County which came third had 108 cases.
Bearing in mind that Kiambu had only registered 40 cases on Wednesday, this is a cause for concern for Governor James Nyoro.
The worrying trend came at a time when the CS Mutahi Kagwe-led ministry announced 1,459 new cases countrywide, pushing COVID-19 caseload to 74,145.
The cases were detected from the 10,146 samples that were tested between Wednesday and Thursday.
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From the cases, 1,419 are Kenyans and 40 are foreigners. 835 are males and 624 are females.
A 97-year-old is the oldest patient today, while the youngest is a four month old infant.
“1,116 patients are admitted in various health facilities in the country while 6.232 are on Home Based Isolation and Care. 59 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit. 27 are on ventilator support and 28 on supplementary oxygen,” says the Ministry.
Other counties registering COVID-19 cases today
Laikipia 63, Uasin Gishu 53, Busia 49, Kisumu 48, Meru 43, Nakuru 36, Kericho 33, Kisii and Kakamega has 29 cases each, Marsabit 17, Murang’a, Nyamira has 16 cases each, Kajiado 15, Garissa 13, Nandi nd Kituihas 12 cases each, Nyeri and Machakos has 11 cases each, Siaya and Bungom a has 10 cases each, Turkana and Kirinyaga has 8 cases each, Bomet 5, Trans Nzoia 4, Homabay 3, Makueni, Taita Taveta and Kwale 2 cases each, Isiolo and Tharaka Nithi has 1 case each.
780 patients have recovered from the disease. From the recoveries, 690 are from the Home Based Care Program while 90 have been discharged from various healthcare facilities in the country. The total recoveries in the country now stand at 50,658.
Unfortunately, 17 patients have succumbed to the disease bringing total fatalities to 1,330.