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972 test positive for coronavirus as meeting set to review rising cases

Health & Science - By Jael Mboga | November 15th 2020 at 08:07:13 GMT +0300

The National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus will on Monday meet to review the rise in positive cases.

In the past week, Kenya has lost four medical doctors to Covid-19.

In a statement on Sunday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (pictured) said the deaths were a big blow to the health sector, considering that healthcare workers are the "frontline soldiers in this war".

The meeting slated for Monday will also review the current containment measures and deliberate on issues affecting healthcare workers countrywide.

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CS Kagwe stated that the matter of personal protective equipment and other enabling measures concerning health workers will be discussed.

This comes as 972 people tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya in the last 24 hours. They were from a sample size of 6,648.

The national tally on positive cases now stands at 70,245.

From the cases, 929 are Kenyans and 43 foreigners. Some 583 of them are men against 389 women. The youngest is a five-month-old infant while the oldest is 91.

Nairobi led with the positive cases at 378, followed by Kilifi's 139, Mombasa's 115 and Kiambu 70.

Some 352 patients recovered from the disease, pushing the total recoveries to 45,766.

Unfortunately, 20 patients have succumbed to Covid-19, bringing the fatality to 1,269. A total of 1,229 patients are admitted in various health facilities countrywide.

Kenya’s Covid-19 situation seems to be spiraling from bad to worse as the country grapples with increasing deaths averaging at 20 per day for the last one week.

In just a fortnight, the country has lost 253 people as documented since November 1. In the last seven days, the number is 146, including doctors and other frontline workers.

This averages to 20 deaths every day for the last week. On some days, the country has been losing one person every hour to the disease.

The highest daily tally of deaths was recorded on Wednesday when 26 people died. Since November 1, the least number of deaths reported is eight on November 8, the only single-digit fatality with the rest being double digits.

The 254 deaths represent 20.3 per cent of the total deaths, with the case fatality ratio being 1.8 per cent. The global average is 2.3 per cent, just 0.5 per cent away.

Among the dead are front-line healthcare workers whose safety has been compromised both in hospital and community due to lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and increased community infections.


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