919 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 23 new deaths recorded

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Coronavirus test. [Photo courtesy]

Kenya recorded 919 new cases on Thursday bringing the total cases to 66,723.

In his State of The Nation address in Parliament, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that another 23 people succumbed to COVID-19 bringing the death toll to 1,203.

The death toll holds a steady rise with another 26 patients succumbing to the virus on Wednesday.

The high number of deaths have not spared 23 health workers among them top medics in fields with very few specialists.

The latest demise is that of Dr Hudson Inyangala, who had practiced public health for over 25 years.

Dr Inyangala was pivotal in the fight on the spread of HIV/AIDS through Aphiaplus programme where he worked after his stint at the Kakamega Level Five Hospital.

Last week, Dr Robert Ayisi who served as Nairobi’s CeC for Health also succumbed to the disease.

On Wednesday, some 2,148 healthcare workers had so far tested positive for COVID-19.

The number of admitted patients was now 1,289 patients while 5,960 are on Home-Based Isolation care.

Another 57 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 18 of whom are on ventilatory support and 34 on supplemental oxygen.

Also, 86 patients were separately on supplementary oxygen, out of which 68 were in general wards and 18 in the HDU.