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Covid-19: Kenya records 735 new cases, 20 deaths in last 24 hours

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy MIRERI JUNIOR | Sat,May 01 2021 17:42:44 EAT
By MIRERI JUNIOR | Sat,May 01 2021 17:42:44 EAT


Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya’s Covid-19 toll reached 2,744 on Saturday after 20 more succumbed to the disease. [File, Standard]

Kenya has recorded 735 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising the country's caseload to 160,053.

The health ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the new infections were discovered in 5,758 samples.

Following the latest release, Kenya’s positivity rate now stands at 12.8 per cent.

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The country has thus far tested 1.67 million Kenyans for Covid-19.

Out of the 735 new patients, 429 were male, whereas 306 were female, with the youngest carrier aged eight months and the oldest aged 97.

Of the new cases, 101 were foreigners, while the rest were Kenyans.

Kenya recorded 224 new recoveries, pushing the number of healed patients to 108,789.

Forty-seven of the recovered persons had been admitted to various hospitals, while 177 were under home-based care.

So far, recoveries recorded among patients in the home-based arrangement are 79,234 whereas those who had to undergo hospital treatment are 29,555.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya’s Covid-19 toll reached 2,744 on Saturday after 20 were confirmed dead in the last 24 hours.

According to the CS, 188 of the current active Covid cases are admitted to various hospitals’ intensive care facilities, with 113 on supplemental oxygen, 44 on ventilator support while 44 patients are on observation.

Another 137 are separately on supplemental oxygen 130 of them in the general ward while 7 are on the High Dependency Unit.

In counties’ distribution, Nairobi leads with 175, Mombasa 61, Uasin Gishu 49, Kisumu 36, Siaya 34, Nyeri and Nandi 33 cases each, Kakamega 30, Makueni 25, Nakuru 24, Bungoma 23, Kiambu 21, Kilifi 20, Migori and Busia 15 cases each, Isiolo 14, Narok 13, Garissa, Meru and Kitui 12 cases each, Machakos 11, Bomet 8, Kericho 7, Trans Nzoia and Laikipia 6 cases each, Baringo And Muranga 5 cases each, Vihiga and Embu 3 cases each, Kisii 2, Tharaka-Nithi and Sambur a case each.


On vaccination, Kenya has thus far vaccinated 884,858 persons against Covid-19.

Persons aged 58 years and above account for a bulk of the vaccinees, with 515, 288 confirmed to have received the jab.

Healthcare workers follow, with 157, 967 of them immunised against the contagion. Teachers (137, 348) and security officers (74, 274) also top the number of vaccinated persons in Kenya.

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