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Covid-19: Kenya records 494 new cases, five deaths in last 24 hours

Health & Science

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the ministry has recorded five fatalities in the last 24 hours. [File, Standard]

Kenya has recorded 494 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, a positivity rate of 7.7 per cent, raising the country's caseload to 166,876.

The Health Ministry said in a statement on May 20 that the new infections were discovered in 6,428 samples taking to the cumulated tests conducted so far to 1,763,274.

Out of the new patients, 332 are male, whereas 162 are female, with the youngest carrier aged one, and the oldest aged 100.

Of the new cases, 13 are foreigners, while the rest were Kenyans.


In terms of counties distribution, Nairobi recorded 110 cases, Nakuru 80, Kisumu 62, Kericho 29, Siaya 25, Meru 21, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu and Busia 16 cases each, Migori 15, Kilifi and Mombasa 10 cases each, Machakos 8, Bomet, Makueni, Kiambu and Naindi 7 cases each, Muranga and Homa Bay 5 cases each, Kakamega, Nyamira and Kirinyaga 4 cases each, Laikipia, Mandera, Kisii and Nyeri 3 cases each, Bungoma AND Embu 2 cases each.

Kitui, Kwale Narok, Nyandarua, Taita Taveta, Vihiga, Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo and Kajiado recorded a case each.

In terms of sub-county distribution, the 110 cases in Nairobi are Starehe (23), Langata (9), Dagoretti North and Westlands (8) cases each, Mathare (7), Kasarani, Kibra, Roysambu and Ruaraka (6) cases each, Kamkunji and Makadara (5) cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi South and Embakasi West (4) cases each, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East and Embakasi North (3) cases each.

In Nakuru, the 80 cases are from Nakuru East (18), Nakuru West (17), Molo (13), Nakuru North (12), Gilgil (7), Subukia (5), Naivasha and Njoro (4) cases each.

In Kisumu, the 289 cases are from Kisumu Central (38), Kisumu East (9), Kisumu West and Nyando (4) cases each, Muhoroni and Seme (3) cases each and Nyakacha (1) case.

In Kericho, the 29 cases are from Ainamoi and Belgut (10) cases each, Kipkelion East (7), Bureti and Sigowet/Soin a case each.

In Siaya, the 25 cases are from Alego-Usonga (17), Rarieda (3), Bondo and GEM (2) and Ugenya one case.

The total recoveries so far stand at 114,285 after 50 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours with 27 from the Home-Based and Isolation care programme while 23 are from various health facilities in the country.

Of the total recoveries, 83,081 are from the Home Based Isolation Care programme while 31,204 are from various hospitals countrywide.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya’s Covid-19 toll reached 3,040 on Thursday after five were confirmed dead in the last 24 hours.

A total of 1,085 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 4,626 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

One hundred and nine (109) patients are in the ICU, 20 of whom are on ventilatory support and 67 on supplemental oxygen. Twenty-two (22) patients are on observation.

Another 86 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 81 of them in general wards and five (5) in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).


Kenya has as of today, vaccinated 948,980 against the Covid-19 disease countrywide.

Of these 288,146 are aged 58 years and above together with others, Health workers are 163,490, teachers so far vaccinated are 149,018, security officers 80, 153 while 268,173 are the other categories.

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