580 patients have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours out of a sample size of 5,458 bringing total number of confirmed cases to 29,334.
Speaking at the COVID-19 daily press briefings Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said 530 of the new infections are Kenyans while 50 are foreigners.
“Out of the new cases, 336 of them are male, 244 are female with the youngest being a one year old while the oldest is a 92 years,” said CAS Mwangangi.
198 patients have recovered from the virus, 119 from home based care while 79 are from various health facilities. The total number of recoveries in the country stand at 15,298.
Total number of fatalities now stands at 465 after five patients succumbed to the virus.
Nairobi County continue to lead with 375 cases followed by Kiambu with 53, Machakos has 23.
Busia County has 17 cases, Mombasa 15, Nakuru 15, Kajiado 14, Kisumu 12, lamu 10, Nyeri 7, Kakamega 5, Makueni 4, Samburu 4, Uasin- Gishu 4, Kilifi 3, Laikipia 3, Baringo 2, Kisii 2, Kitui 2, Turkana 2, Vihiga 2, Garissa 1 Bungoma 1 Murang’a 1, Nyandarua 1, Siaya 1, and Trans-Nzoia 1.
The CAS revealed that the ministry has employed an additional 5000 health workers over time across all cadres to help in the fight against COVID-19.
“This will add a total of 40,000 man hours per day and relieve their workload. We will continue to hire more healthcare workers as we scale up our efforts,” Dr Mwangangi said.
She also clarified that all COVID allowances have been paid to health workers noting that the ministry has documentation to prove this.
“We have procured additional Personal Protective Equipment -PPEs and we want the health workers to remain confident that they will get them, said Dr Mwangangi.
She further urged Health workers with defective PPE’s to present them to the Ministry for replacement.