Twenty-five people have died from COVID-19 in Kenya between Monday and Tuesday.
The new deaths bring to 2,048 the total number of people who have succumbed to COVID-19 so far.
Ministry of Health CAS Rashid Aman said that 1,127 more people had tested positive for coronavirus, from a sample size of 5,393.
Out of the 1,127 new COVID-19 cases, 1,089 are Kenyans, while 38 are foreigners. The males continue to account for the lion’s share of coronavirus infections, accounting for 590- against 527 females.
The new positive cases push the national caseload to 123,167. This means that Kenya now has a 22 per cent positivity rate.
On a positive note, 210 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 90,586. A hundred of the recoveries discharged from various hospitals, while 110 were from the Home-Based Care Programme.
CAS Aman warned a section of health workers “who are using the pandemic to benefit from the ailing Kenyans.”
“Ministry of Health is alarmed by reports appearing in sections of the media that private hospitals are demanding huge sums of money from ailing Kenyans in need of critical care before they can admit them to their ICU & HDU facilities. This is not only unethical but also unacceptable,” Dr. Aman said.
The CAS has urged Kenyans to take preventive measures more seriously as the third wave is more dangerous than the two previous waves.
“This is a time when we need to go back home and stay home when we can,” Aman concluded.
The number of those seeking hospitalisation in public and private facilities as a result of complications associated with the COVID-19 has in the recent weeks shot up.
Currently, 1,090 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 3,224 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care. 135 patients are in the ICU, 34 of whom are on ventilatory support and 93 on supplemental oxygen. 8 patients are on observation.
Meanwhile, 55 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 42 of them in the general wards and 13 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).