The Ministry of Health has announced 572 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising the national tally to 163,238.

The cases were from the 4,624 samples tested. This brings to 1,715,038 the cumulative number of samples tested. The country’s positivity rate stands at 12.4 per cent.

In a statement issued on Saturday, 8th May, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that 526 of the new cases are Kenyans and 46 are foreigners.

The latest infections include 354 males and 218 females, while the youngest is an eight-month-old infant and the oldest is 97.

The national death toll rose to 2,883, after 18 more patients succumbed to the virus.

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CS Kagwe said 476 patients had recovered, 219 from home-based isolation and care while 257 are from various health facilities. The total number of recoveries stands at 111,129.

There are 1,103 patients are admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,295 patients are in home-based isolation and care.

Some 131 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 26 of whom are on ventilatory support and 80 on supplemental oxygen. 25 patients are under observation.

Another 107 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 99 of them in general wards and 8 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

The cases are spread in counties as follows: Nairobi had 148, Kisumu 46, Kericho 36, Bungoma 26, Mombasa 25, Taita-Taveta 23, Migori 23, Nyamira 22, Nakuru 21, Uasin Gishu 20, Turkana and Kiambu, 15 cases each, Siaya and Meru 11 cases each, Baringo, Bomet and Kajiado, 10 cases each. The others are Nandi nine cases, Narok and Mandera, eight each, Nyeri, Kitui, Trans Nzoia, Busia and Embu, seven cases each, Makueni six, Machakos five, Kisii and Homa Bay four cases each. Vihiga, Marsabit and Kakamega had three cases each, Elgeyo Marakwet, Isiolo, Laikipia and Murang’a two cases each while Tana River, Kwale, Garissa and Kirinyaga had one case each.

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