Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has announced 136 new Covid-19 cases from 3,787 samples tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 99,444.

The cumulative number of tests now stands at 1,134,494.

Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing in Nairobi, on Wednesday, 20th January, CS Kagwe said that Nairobi County remains the most infectious area.

“Our positivity rate is still below five percent and we are hoping that the situation is going to get better,” he said.

He also said that the government was not going to ease any measures right now. Instead, it would beef up surveillance, as the curfew had played a big role in the numbers going down.

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Out of the new cases reported today, 117 are Kenyans while 19 are foreigners. There are 85 males and 51 females, with the youngest being a two-year-old child, while the oldest is 98.

Kagwe said that a total of 176 patients had recovered from the disease, 162 are from the home-based care programme, while 14 are from various health facilities. This brings the total number of recoveries to 82,654.

Sadly, two more patients succumbed to the disease, pushing the death toll to 1,736.

There are 686 patients admitted to various health facilities and 1,625 are in home-based isolation and care.

Some 30 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 14 are under ventilation with another 16 on oxygen.

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Eleven patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 10 of them in the general wards. One patient is in the High Dependency Unit.

The cases are distributed in counties as follows: Nairobi 69, Homa Bay and Mombasa, with 11 each, Meru 10, Kisumu eight, Kiambu five, Kilifi four, Nakuru, Siaya and Kajiado have three cases each, Kakamega and Machakos, two cases each, Taita-Taveta, Garissa, Turkana, Bungoma, and Narok reported one case each.

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