Kenya records 497 cases of COVID-19

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A health worker takes swab sample from a girl during COVID-19 mass testing exercise in Kangemi, Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Oct. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Joy Nabukewa)
A health worker takes swab sample from a girl during COVID-19 mass testing exercise in Kangemi, Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Oct. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Joy Nabukewa)

The Kenyan Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed 497 new cases of COVID-19 from 4,888 samples tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of confirmed positive infections to 46,144.

So far Kenya has tested 632,669 samples since March.

The health ministry said the new cases included 471 Kenyans and 26 foreigners.

The cases are made up of 295 males and 202 females; the youngest is a one-year-old while the oldest is 88 years.

The Ministry of Health also announced 238 patients recovered from the virus with 170 on the home-based care program while 68 were discharged from various hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 32,760.

The ministry also stated that there are 27 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 on ventilatory support and 41 on supplementary oxygen.

A total of 1,189 are currently admitted in various health facilities and 2,661 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

The death toll from the virus has also risen to 858 after 16 more patients succumbed to the virus.

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