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Kenya loses 21 more people to coronavirus in a day

Health & Science

The country has lost an additional 21 patients in the last 24 hours to the coronavirus, Health Ministry has said.

The number now raises the Covid-19 death toll to 1,249.

At the same time, some 1,080 people have tested positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, from a sample size of 8,322.

Kenya now has at least 69, 273 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and a total of 783,304 cumulative tests as of November 14.

Of the new cases, the Ministry says that 1,066 are Kenyans and fourteen foreigners.

Six hundred and eighty-seven are males, and three hundred and ninety-three are females.

The latest data from the Health Ministry also indicates that the youngest statistic is an 11-month-old infant, while the oldest is 100 years.

In a statement, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (pictured) announced: “Today, 582 have recovered from the disease, 262 from the home-based care program, while 280 were discharged from various hospitals.”

This pushes total recoveries to 45,414 since the first case was confirmed in mid-March.

“A total of 1,185 patients are admitted at various health facilities countrywide, while 5,794 are on Home-based Isolation and care,” the CS added.

Further, the ministry says some 58 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 23 of whom are on ventilator support and 30 on supplementary oxygen.

“Another 90 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, of whom 75 are in the general wards while fifteen are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

Health Workers

The fatalities add to a growing concern of front line workers being the most affected as the country loses more health workers to the disease.

In the last 24 hours, at least four doctors have succumbed to Covid-19, as confirmed by Acting Director-General in the Ministry of Health, Dr Patrick Amoth.

2/3. Condolences to the families of Dr. Faith Mbuba Dr. Jacky Njoroge Dr. Hudson Alumera Dr. Emarah Ashraf You gave your all; even your own lives to save others. @MOH_Kenya honors you even as we try to ensure that all frontline officers are fully equipped.

— Dr. Patrick Amoth (@DrPatrickAmoth) November 14, 2020

Dr Amoth went further on to plead with Kenyans to take the necessary precautions in the fight against the virus saying, “By so doing, you not only protect yourselves but also your loved ones as well as our healthcare workers. Frontline officers face a daily risk of contracting the virus and this can only be mitigated if we all follow rules.”

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