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Two-month-old baby, 97-year-old among 904 new COVID cases as 20 die

A two-month-old infant and a 97-year-old are among the new 904 COVID-19 case recorded in the country in the last 24 hours.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says the 904 new cases were detected from the 5,673 samples that were tested over the same period of time.

The new infection rate means that Kenya’s positivity rate has increased from 13.2 percent to 15.9 percent in the last 24 hours.

The country has now recorded a total of 154,392 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the virus was first reported in the country in March 2020.

Distribution of COVID-19 cases in counties

In terms of County distribution; Nairobi county recorded 288 cases, Mombasa 88, Meru 54, Nakuru 32, Kakamega 31, Busia 31, Uasin Gishu 29, Nyamira 29, Kericho 27, Kisumu 23, Nyandarua 23, Muranga 22, Kitui 17, Tharaka Nithi 16, Baringo, Kiambu, Kirinyaga and Nandi 14 cases each.

Laikipia recorded 13 cases, Vihiga 12, Taita Taveta 11, Machakos 10, Kisii 10, Marsabit, Bomet, Kilifi, Embu and Siaya had  9 cases each, Trans Nzoia 7, Bungoma 5, Kajiado 5, Samburu 4, Mandera 4, West Pokot 3, Kwale 3, Homa Bay 2, Isiolo 2, Nyeri 1 and Lamu 1.

On a positive note, the country has recorded 88 new recoveries in the last 24 hours from which 12 are from home based care while 78 were discharged from various health facilities across the country.

Kenya’s total COVID-19 recoveries now stand at 105,367; 76,979 from home based and isolation care while 28,388 are from various health facilities. Currently the country has tested 1,624,663 out of the current 52 million population.

On a sad note, the country has recorded 20 deaths due to COVID-19. This now pushes Kenya’s cumulative fatalities to 2,560.

A total of 183 patients are on supplemental oxygen, 171 of whom are in general wards and 12 in High Dependency Units . The country has also recorded 20 new fatalities bringing the national fatalities tally to 2560.

Few COVID-19 beds

On Wednesday, April 21, the Council of Governors revealed that there are only 375 Intensive Care Unit beds across 38 counties in the country, out of which 321 are available for new patients.

In a statement from CoG’s Health Committee chairperson Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, governors have painted a grim picture of the state of Kenya’s health sector, even as the country is battling the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governors are now calling upon the Ministry of Health to provide COVID testing kits to the counties, to ensure a true documentation of the magnitude of the disease in the community.

Available beds

According to the governors, there are a total of 7,751 beds in 142 isolation centres across the 38 counties, out of which 6,890 beds are available for patients. There are a total of 167 beds in the High Dependency Unit, and only 107 beds are available for new patients.

The CoG says the country’s lack of testing capacity is painting a false picture that COVID-19 positivity rate (which currently stands at 6.9%) is decreasing.

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