Kenya is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19. Scientists attribute this worrying trend to the relaxation of some containment measures and Kenyans’ violation of Ministry of Health guidelines.
The Ministry of Health has announced 957 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, November 18, bringing the total caseload in the country to 72,686.
According to the ministry, the new cases were detected from a sample size of 5,559 tested between Tuesday and Wednesday. Among the new infections, 908 are Kenyans while 49 are foreigners.
A huge ratio difference is evident between the male and female genders with 569 males being infected against 388 females.
The youngest patient today is a two-month-old infant, while the oldest is 94 years.
Nairobi county has the highest number of infections recording 368 cases within the last 24 hours.
The other cases are distrubuted in the counties as follows; Nyeri 53, Kitui 41, Kiambu 40, Kisumu 37, Nyandarua 35, Mombasa 34, Uasin Gishu 34, Kakamega 33, Homabay 31, Nakuru 28, Machakos 21, Kericho 21, Makueni 21, Kirinyaga 19, Kajiado 18, Siaya 18, Embu 18, Isiolo 15, Narok 13, Nandi 10, Laikipia 9, Kilifi 7, Marsabit 7, Garissa 5, Elgeyo Marakwet 4, Trans Nzoia 4, Taita Taveta 4, West Pokot 3, Kwale 2, Migori 1, Busia 1, Samburu 1, and Turkana 1.
On a positive note, the CS Mutahi Kagwe-led ministry has announced that 2,616 people have recovered from the virus’ 2434 were from the Home-Based Care Program, while 182 were discharged from hospitals. The total recoveries in the country now stands at 49,878.
The death toll due to COVID-19 in the country has risen to 1,313 after 11 people lost their lives.
So far, 6000 people are under the home-based care program whereas 1191 are undergoing treatment in hospitals.