The number of fatalities resulting from Covid 19 related infections reached 250 on Tuesday after twelve more patients succumbed to the highly infectious viral disease.
The country also continued to record a surging number of fresh infections after another 397 people tested positive to the disease further pushing infection tally beyond the 14,000 mark.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Rashid Amin said the latest infections were detected from 3637 samples that were tested over the last 24 hours.
This now brings the total number of Covid 19 cases in the country to 14,168 out of a cumulatively figure of 259,998 samples submitted for testing since the first case was reported earlier in the year.
Amin who was giving the daily update on the status of the pandemic said only eight of the new cases were foreign nationals while the remaining 389 were Kenyans majority of whom had no history of traveling out of the country recently.
‘Out of today’s number, 236 are male while 161 are female and the youngest is a one year old infant while the oldest is a 90 year”, dr. Rashid said
The CAS has also announced that 642 patients have recovered bringing the total number of recoveries to 6,258. Recoveries of 587 patients were from home based care while 55 were discharged from hospital “, he said
On a sad note, Dr. Rashid said that today6 12 people succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of fatalities to 250.
During the presser he asked health care workers to give priority to the elderly individuals by ensuring they find out about any underlying condition they have , providing them with sound advice about maintaining health living through eating food that builds on immunity.
“This segment of older persons of our population who are above 60 years and above are 2.6 million and at a high risk in terms of susceptibility to COVId 19”, he said
Dr. Rashid has come out and lauded celebrities and media personalities who are also coming out to pronounce their status saying this was one way to destigmatize the disease and recognise it can affect anyone and if handled well most people would recover from it..
According to today’s numbers, Nairobi still has recorded the highest at 239, followed by Kiambu 33, machakos 27, Nyeri 17, Busia 16, nakuru 12, Mombasa 12, Kajiado 10, Migori 8, Uasin Gishu 8 , Kericho 5 , Narok3, Laikipia 3, Kisii, Kisumu , Lamu and Nyandarua have 1 each.
The county of Nairobi has seen cases distributed in Westlands 22, Langata, 21 , Makadara, 21 Embakasi East 19 , Dagoretti North 19 , Embakasi west 18, Kasarani 15, Embakasi south 14, Roysambu 13, Kibra 12, Starehe 12, Dagoret south 10, embakasi central 10, Kamukunji 10, embakasi North 9 Ruraraka 8 and Mathare 7.
By Wangari Ndirangu