836 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the last 24 hours

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo courtesy]

Kenya on Tuesday recorded 836 new COVID-19 cases bringing the country’s tally to 50,833.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms said that 4,076 samples were tested over the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 666,122.

Out of the 836 new cases, 822 were Kenyans and 14 were foreigners. 618 were male and 218 were female while the youngest case was a four-month-old infant and the oldest was aged 89 years.

A further 403 patients were discharged, 250 from the home-based care programme and 153 from hospitals around the country bringing the total number of recoveries to 34,832.

Sadly, 14 patients succumbed to the disease bringing the total number of deaths to 934.

Kagwe said that the in the last few weeks, the country’s positivity rate rose to 20.5 per cent from 4.4 per cent in September when the economy was once again reopened by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He added that there 1.150 COVID-19 patients admitted in various hospitals around the country while 3,961 are under home-based care programme.

In Tuesday’s cases, Nairobi led with 556 cases, followed by Uasin Gishu with 68, Mombasa 62 and Kiambu 32.

Nakuru County reported 24 cases, Laikipia 22, Kajiado 12, Machakos 8, Kisumu 7, Murang’a 7, Meru 6, Nandi 5, Trnas Nzoia 4, Turkana 4, Elgeyo Marakwet 3, Kisii 3, Baringo 2, Narok 2, Kakamega 2, Wajir 2, Nyandarua 1, Samburu 1, Kilifi 1, Siaya 1 and Homabay 1.