The Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted during a covid-19 briefing that the country had registered 70,804 cases since March. This new figure represents a positivity rate of 18.2% three times higher than the WHO-recommended containment threshold.
The new patients include 18 foreigners with unknown origins. They distributed them among 336 males and 223 females.
The highest infection rates were reported in Nairobi at 278 with Langta, Starehe, Embakasi, and Kibera. These recorded the highest number of cases at 42, 31, and 24 respectively. Authorities listed Meru and Malindi towns among high-risk counties. They are accounting for 47 and 24 cases respectively.
Kagwe also noted an additional 478 patients had recovered including 141 who were discharged from the hospital. These new recoveries raised the toll to 45,766 recoveries. The death toll, however, rose to 1,287 after 18 people died in the last 24 hours.
Kenya also set a new record for deaths in a single month this November after Monday reporting 274 deaths only in November. The November fatalities include 8 doctors. The country’s fatalities stand at 1,287 representing a death rate of 1.8%.
The way forward
Different medical sectors agreed on some resolutions to work on emerging issues. Among those was a requirement to hold meetings and consider country-specific measures aimed at curbing the spread.
“The committees should assess the county status of oxygen and PPEs and they should report the status including the shortcomings,’’ Kagwe said.
Kenya also holds the largest number of Covid-19 infections in East Africa. Uganda is in second place.
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