During the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House on Tuesday, July 14, Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman announced that 4,275 samples were tested over the same period bringing the total samples tested so far to 254,273.
Kenya on Wednesday recorded 637 new cases of Covid-19, raising the country’s total to 14,805.
The new positives were drawn from the 4,275 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours, out of which all except 14 were Kenyans.
Health CAS Rashid Aman said in terms of gender, 361 were males and 276 were females. Age wise, the youngest was a one year old, while the oldest was 88 years.
On a positive note, 499 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country so far to 6,757.
Out of this, 406 patients were from home based programme and 93 from various medical facilities.
Regrettably, 10 more patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 260.
The 637 cases in counties are distributed as follows; Nairobi (342), Machakos (85) Kajiado (57), Kiambu (51), Nakuru (22), Mombasa (17), Marsabit(), Nyeri (13), Busia (10), Murang’a (9), Uasin Gishu (6), Bomet (5), Kericho (3), Kisii (3), Marsabit (2), while Narok, Vihiga, Meru, Garissa, Embu, Kakamega, Kisumu Kitui, Laikipia, Kilifi and Homa Bay have one case each.
Aman further revealed that a total of 2,738 ptients who had been placed under the home-based care program had recovered over the last week.
“90% are asymptomatic, they can be managed from home which means that our facilities will be able to care for the 10% patients,” he added.
Aman praised the decision to launch the program stating that it had proven to be very cost-effective.
However, 10 more patients succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 260.
According to the Ministry of Health, hypertension and diabetes are the leading underlying causes that lead to the death of Covid-19 patients in Kenya.
Acting Director General of Health Patrick Amoth said this category of people combined lead with a 33 per cent of the deaths.
Nairobi continues to lead with the highest number of infections as Mombasa records steady reduction.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta accepted a request from the Council of Governors to reschedule the Extra-Ordinary Summit that was to be held on Friday to discuss the coronavirus containment measures.
A statement from State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena on Wednesday said the meeting will be held on Monday.
“His Excellency the President has acceded to the request by the Council of Governors to reschedule the 5th Extra-Ordinary Session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit,” it read.
The meeting is expected to address the level of preparedness across the 47 counties in containing the pandemic that has claimed more than 200 lives in the country since March 13, 2020.
• The new positives were drawn from the 4,275 people whose samples were tested within 24 hours, out of which all except 14 were Kenyans.
•Health CAS Rashid Aman said in terms of gender, 361 were males and 276 were females. Age wise, the youngest was a one year old, while the oldest was 88 years.