The Ministry of Health has confirmed 705 new Covid-19 cases from 8,853 samples tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s caseload to 162,098.

This has raised to 1,128,360 the cumulative number of samples tested since March last year. The positivity rate is at eight per cent.

In a statement issued on Thursday, 6th May, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that from the new cases, 687 are Kenyans while 18 are foreigners, with 404 being males and 301 females. The youngest is a one-month-old infant while the oldest is 100.

Some 711 patients have recovered from the disease, 412 from the home-based care programme, while 299 have been discharged from various hospitals. The total number of recoveries stands at 110,480.

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The Covid-19 death toll rose to 2,850 after 25 more patients succumbed.

Some 1,086 patients have been admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,831 patients are on home-based isolation and care.

There are 131 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 28 of whom are on ventilatory support, 83 on supplemental oxygen, and 20 patients under observation.

Another 117 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen, with 109 of them in general wards and eight in High Dependency Units (HDU).

Distribution of Cases in Counties: Nairobi registered 150 cases, Mombasa 88, Kisumu 58, Busia 50, Kericho 46, Uasin Gishu 31, Taita- Taveta and Bungoma 23 cases each, Tharaka Nithi and Trans Nzoia 20 cases each, Nyeri 18, Kiambu 17, Makueni 13, and Machakos 12. Nakuru had 10, Nandi 11, Kirinyaga and Murang’a, nine cases each, Bomet, Kajiado, Kilifi and Kitui eight cases each, Mandera, Kakamega, Nyandarua, Kisii and Homa Bay, six cases each, and Nyamira five. Meru and Garissa had four cases each, Embu, Siaya, and West Pokot three cases each, Elgeyo Mrakwet, Kwale, Narok, Vihiga, and Baringo two cases each, and Isiolo, Laikipia, and Marsabit had one case each.

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