Kenya reports 1,459 new COVID-19 infections as recoveries rise to 50,658

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Health workers personal protective equipment (PPE) record the details of residents, as they stand at social distance to each other, during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Halfway through Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyattas second term his pledge of transforming the economy through manufacturing, farming, health care and low-cost housing have been slow to show results, and the coronavirus pandemic could now reduce that to little more than an election promise. Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Health workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) record the details of residents, as they stand at a social distance from each other, during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Kenya’s health ministry on Thursday confirmed 1,459 new cases of COVID-19 from 10,146 samples tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of confirmed positive infections to 74,145.

So far Kenya has tested 815,040 samples since March.

The health ministry said the new cases included 1,419 Kenyans and 40 foreigners.

The Ministry of Health also announced 780 patients recovered from the virus with 690 on the home-based care program while 90 were discharged from various hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 50,658.

The ministry also stated that there are 59 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 28 on supplemental oxygen while 16 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU). Another 83 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen out of whom 67 are in the general wards.

A total of 1,116 are admitted in various health facilities while 6,232 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

The death toll from the virus has also risen to 1,330 after 17 more patients succumbed to the virus.

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