Kenya records highest number of COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours

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Kenya on Tuesday recorded 24 deaths in a single day, the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths since March when the first case was reported.

This now brings the total number of deaths to 1,154.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that 7,162 samples were tested in the last 24 hours from which 1,344 people tested positive.

The total number of cases in the country is now 64,588.

From the new cases, 1,299 were Kenyans and 45 were foreigners. 815 were male and 529 were female.

Some 436 patients made full recovery. Of these, 297 were from home-based care programme while 139 were discharged from various hospitals. 

Kagwe added that hitherto, 2,108 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus out of which 22 have succumbed to the virus.

So far, 1,266 patients are admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,898 are under the home-based care programme.

Additionally, 58 patients are in the ICU, 22 of whom are on ventilator support and 31 on supplemental oxygen.