The Ministry of Health has announced 144 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours raising the national tally to 103,332.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, 17th February Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the lastest figure was derived from a sample size of 2,917 bringing to 1,249,196 the cumulative number of samples tested in the country since March last year.

From the cases 119 are Kenyans while 25 are foreigners with 102 being males and 42 females. The youngest is a nine-year-old child while the oldest is aged 79.

The Covid-19 death tally rose to 1,801 after four more patients succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours.

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Kagwe said a total of 55 patients have recovered from the disease, 29 from various health facilities while 26 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care. The total number of recoveries now stand at 85,391.

There are 267 patients currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,187 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

Some 43 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 20 of whom are on ventilatory support, 18 on supplemental oxygen while five patients are on observation.

Another five patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with all of them in the general wards.

The cases are distributed in counties as follows: Nairobi 73, Busia 17, Mombasa 14, Kiambu eight, Machakos and Kericho six cases each, Kajiado and Meru four cases each, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Kitui and Murang’a reported two cases each while Kilifi, Kisii, Migori and Siaya had one case each.

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