Kenya reports 957 new COVID-19 infections

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

Kenya’s health ministry on Wednesday confirmed 957 new cases of COVID-19 from 5,559 samples tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of confirmed positive infections to 72,686.

So far Kenya has tested 804,894 samples since March.

The health ministry said the new cases included 908 Kenyans and 49 foreigners.

The Ministry of Health also announced 2,616 patients recovered from the virus with 2,434 on the home-based care program while 182 were discharged from various hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 49,878.

The ministry also stated that there are 58 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 26 on supplemental oxygen while 17 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU). Another 89 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen out of whom 72 are in the general wards.

A total of 1,191 are admitted in various health facilities while 6,000 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

Currently, 2,369 health care workers have tested positive for the virus of whom 1,186 are males and 1,183 are females.
The cumulative fatality for healthcare workers is 30, according to the ministry.

The death toll from the virus has also risen to 1,313 after 11 more patients succumbed to the virus.