Kenya reports 12 more Covid-19 deaths, nearly 88,000 cases

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Kenyans, some masked to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus disease, are pictured on a street of Nairobi on October 27, 2020.

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The number of declared Covid-19 cases in Kenya increased by 735 to 87,984 on Saturday following the analysis of 7,671 samples in the past 24 hours.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe issued a statement saying that number of tests raised the total carried out in Kenya since March, when the first case was confirmed, to 927,082.

CS Kagwe reported 12 more deaths, raising the toll in Kenya to 1,518.

He further said that 422 more patients had recovered, 369 of them in the home-based care programme and 53 in hospital, increasing the count to 68,532.

All but 12 of the new patients were foreigners whereas males numbered 467 and females 268. The youngest one was four months old and the oldest 87 years.

76 in ICU

The Health ministry said 1,189 patients had been admitted countrywide as of Saturday and that 8,146 people were being treated at home.

Of those hospitalised, 76 were in intensive care units (ICU), 33 of them on ventilator support and 42 on supplemental oxygen.

Sixty five patients were separately on supplemental oxygen, with 60 of them in general wards and five in high dependency units (HDU).

Of the 735 new infections, 207 were recorded in Nairobi, 83 in Mombasa, 79 in Nakuru and 40 in  Kakamega.

Kiambu accounted for 38 of the cases, Kisumu 31, Busia 24, Kilifi 21, Kajiado and Nyeri 20 each, Kisii 15, Kirinyaga and Nyandarua 13, Makueni and Machakos 12 each, Taita Taveta 11, and Uasin Gishu and Kericho 10 each.

And then came Nandi, Kitui and Turkana with eight cases each, Laikipia seven, Narok and Murang'a six each, Vihiga and Garissa five each, Embu, Homa Bay, Isiolo and Meru three each, Tana River, Siaya, Kwale, Tharaka Nithi and Samburu two each and Bungoma one.

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