637 test positive for COVID-19, as 499 recover

COVID-19

637 cases have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of confirmed cases the country to 14, 805 following the testing of 4275 samples.

Speaking during a press briefing on daily COVID-19 updates Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said, 499 patients have recovered with 406 of these being from home based care system while 93 are from various hospitals across the country.

Dr. Aman said that the Ministry of Health will continue emphasizing the home based care system for asymptomatic patients to help free up space for those who are critical and need inpatient care. 

He explained that 80% of the cost of taking care of an asymptomatic patient in a health facility goes to Personal Protective Equipment(PPEs) which he noted could instead be spent on critically.

All the new cases apart from 14 are Kenyans with the youngest being a one year old infant while the oldest is 88 years, 361 males and 276 females.

Nairobi County is leading with number of infections at 342, Machakos 85, Kajiado has recorded 57, Kiambu 51, Bomet 5, Kericho 3, Kisii 3, Kitui 1 and Laikipia 1.

10 patients have succumbed to the virus, total number of fatalities now stand at 260.

Speaking at the same function, Health Acting Director General Dr Patrick Amoth said ” Hypertension accounts for 17% of the deaths, Diabetes 15%, Chronic lung disease and Cancer account for 10% each while HIV account for 5%.”

Kenya is ranked at number nine in terms of disease burden in Africa with South Africa being in position one followed by Egypt and Algeria.

 

  

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