For the first time since COVID-19 pandemic hit the Country in March, female patients have outnumbered male in the latest positive cases announced Tuesday by the Ministry of Health.
Of the 151 positive cases reported 2,052 samples tested in the last 24 hours, 77 are women while 74 are men bringing the national tally to 35,356.
“In terms of gender, for the first time, females have outnumbered males. 77 are females and 74 males. The youngest is a three year-old child, while the oldest is 74”, said Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS ) for Health, Dr. Rashid Aman during the daily COVID-19 briefing.
Globally, men have been the hardest hit and the trend has been replicated in the country. Women generally have been touted to have a more robust immune system which helps them fight diseases.
No death was recorded with the number of fatalities remaining at 599.
There was an unusual trend in distribution of the cases by Counties with Kitui for the first time taking the lead from Nairobi with 54 cases. Nairobi reported 23, Uasin Gishu 11, Kiambu 9, Garissa 9, Migori 9, Kisii 7, Trans Nzoia 6, Narok 4, Kericho 3, Mombasa 2, Busia 2, Taita Taveta 2, Machakos 2, Kilifi 2, Laikipia 1, Bomet 1, Nakuru 1, Meru 1, Nyandarua 1, Kajiado 1.
The 54 cases in Kitui, are in Kitui Central (27), Kitui Rural and Kitui West (8) cases each, Mwingi Central (5), Kitui East (4), Kitui South and Mwingi North (1) case each. In Nairobi, the 23 cases are in Embakasi South (4), Westlands (3), Dagoretti North, Dagoretti South, Embakasi West, Makadara and Ruaraka cases each, Embakasi East, Embakasi North, Kibra, Langata, Roysambu and Starehe (1) case each.
173 patients recovered from the disease, 107 from the Home-Based Care Program, and 66 have been discharged from various hospitals.
Total recoveries now stand at 21,483.