The Ministry of Health has announced 735 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising the national tally to 160,053.

The cases are from the 5,758 samples tested. This has brought to 1,675, 310, the cumulative tests. The country’s positivity rate is at 12.8 per cent.

In a statement issued on Saturday, 1st May, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that from the new cases, 634 are Kenyans while 101 are foreigners.

In terms of gender, 429 are males and 306 are females. The youngest is an eight-month-old infant and the oldest is 97.

Some 224 patients have recovered from the disease, 177 from home-based and isolation care, and 47 are from various health facilities countrywide. The total number of recoveries now stands at 108,789.

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Unfortunately, 20 more patients have succumbed, bringing the death toll to 2,744.

A total of 1,304 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,648 patients are on home-based isolation and care.

There are 188 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 31 of whom are on ventilatory support, 113 on supplemental oxygen and 44 patients are on observation.

Another 137 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 130 of them in general wards and seven in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

The cases are distributed in counties as follows: Nairobi had 175, Mombasa 61, Uasin Gishu 49, Kisumu 36, Siaya 34, Nyeri and Nandi 33 cases each, Kakamega 30, Makueni 25, Nakuru 24, Bungoma 23, Kiambu 21, Kilifi 20, Migori and Busia 15 cases each, and Isiolo 14. Others are Narok 13, Garissa, Meru and Kitui 12 cases each, Machakos 11, Bomet eight, Kericho seven, Trans Nzoia and Laikipia six cases each, Baringo and Murang’a five cases each, Elgeyo Marakwet, Taita Taveta, Marsabit, Homa Bay and Kajiado four cases each, Vihiga and Embu three cases each, Kisii two while Tharaka Nithi and Samburu had one case each.

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