Covid-19 has killed 32 health workers in Kenya: ministry

Covid patient at KNH

Medics attend to a Covid-19 in one of the isolation wards at the Kenyatta national Hospital Infectious Disease Unit at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi on April 17, 2020.

Photo credit: Jeff Angote | Nation Media Group

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed 32 health workers in Kenya since it struck the country last March, the Health ministry reported on Sunday.

In his daily status report, Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said a total of 3,068 health workers have tested positive so far, 1,571 of them female and the rest male.

CS Kagwe also announced that the country's Covid-19 death toll had increased by six to 1,710.

Meanwhile, Kenya on Sunday recorded 87 new cases of the disease following analysis of 3,766 samples in the past 24 hours, raising the number of cases since March 13, 2020 to 98,271.

A total of 1,092,144 samples have been tested so far.

Case distribution

Of the new patients, 78 were Kenyans and nine foreigners, 58 male and 29 female, the oldest 88 and the youngest five.

Mr Kagwe further said 67 more patients had recovered from the disease, 55 of them at home and 12 at various hospitals, raising the count to 80,875.

He added that by Sunday, 676 patients had been hospitalised countrywide while 2,142 were under home-based isolation and care.

Thirty two patients were in intensive care units (ICU), 20 of them on ventilatory support ,11 on supplemental oxygen and one under observation.

Another 11 patients were also supplementary oxygen but in general wards.

Thirty six of the 87 new infections were recorded in Nairobi whereas Busia accounted for 17, Uasin Gishu and Mombasa six each, Kilifi five and Homa Bay three.

Kwale, Kisumu and Nakuru each recorded two new cases while Machakos, Taita Taveta, Kiambu, Trans Nzoia, Nyeri, Isiolo, Kakamega and Makueni each had one new case.

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