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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past Covid-19 status briefing. Photo: MoH

COVID-19 UPDATE: 421 new cases confirmed as 8 more patients succumb to the disease

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has announced that 421 more people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease in the country. The 421 were part of a sample of 3,895 tested in the last 24 hours. This brings the total caseload to 11,673.

Out of the 421, 297 are male while 124 are female. 409 are Kenyans while 12 are foreigners. The youngest is a one year old infant while the oldest is a 93 year old man. The CS noted that the Ministry of Health was adopting home-based care as the primary method of care for Coronavirus patients.

He indicated that 570 patients had recovered from the disease, out of which 512 had been in home based care. The total number of recoveries now stand at 3,638 in the country.

In terms of county distribution, Nairobi County is leading with 6,491 cases followed by Mombasa with 1,483 cases. Kiambu is third with 64o cases. All the 42 counties have now recorded positive cases. 8 patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 217.

CS Kagwe was speaking in Nakuru in an official tour of the County in an assessment of the preparedness to handle the Covid-19 pandemic. CS Kagwe was accompanied by the CAS Dr. Rashid Aman, Acting Director General of Health Dr. Patrick Amoth and the County Governor Lee Kinyanjui. The Ministry of Health is expected to launch the primary healthcare strategic framework.