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Number of virus patients in ICU rises

Health & Science - By Mercy Adhiambo | October 20th 2020 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. [File, Standard]

The number of Covid-19 patients needing intensive care has been increasing progressively.

Yesterday, there were 39 people in ICU facilities across the country.

The Ministry of Health noted that the patients were in need of supplemental oxygen support.

This is an increase from the 28 cases in ICU that were reported on Sunday.

If the trend continues, hospitals could be overwhelmed as there are only 319 ICU facilities in public hospitals.

The ministry reported that 1,084 people are admitted to hospitals. The number of those who are under home-based care has also risen from slightly less than 1,000 last month to 2,480 yesterday.

Even with indications that the country could be headed to the second wave of infections, the ministry noted that many people were not adhering to the containment measures.

Seven patients succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll to 839.

The ministry reported that a five-month-old baby was the youngest to be diagnosed with the virus while the oldest was 75 years.

A total of 195 people drawn from a sample of 1,852 tested positive of coronavirus. This brings the national tally to 45,076.

Since the first case was reported in March, the country’s cumulative tests stand at 623,828. From the cases reported yesterday, 176 were Kenyans while 19 were foreigners. In terms of gender, 137 are male and 58 female.

Nairobi County with 99 new cases is still leading in infections followed by Busia 18, Uasin Gishu 17, Meru 14, Mombasa and Kiambu 10 each, Murang’a 8, Nakuru 7, and Kajiado 3. Kisumu and Machakos recorded two cases each, while Bungoma, Wajir, Kitui, Nyandarua and Nandi each had one case.

Westlands in Nairobi had the most cases, followed by Dagoretti North, Roysambu and Langata. Other sub-counties that showed high rates of infection are Embakasi East and Ruaraka.

In Uasin Gishu, the cases are from Ainabkoi, Turbo, Kapseret, Moiben and Soy.

The ministry reported that 227 people have recovered from the disease, 146 from the home-based care programme, while 81 were discharged from various hospitals. Total recoveries now stand at 32,084.

Globally, several countries in Europe are experiencing a new wave of infection, with France going through another lockdown to contain the rising numbers.

USA will be starting mass vaccination next month in a bid to end the cycle of reinfection being experienced.

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