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Health ministry reports 65 COVID-19 cases from 2,681 samples

The health ministry said 697 COVID-19 patients were admitted in various health facilities countrywide while another 1,680 were under home-based isolation and care.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – Kenya registered 65 coronavirus cases on Monday with the country’s positivity rate standing at 2.4 per cent within a week-long average of 2.5 per cent.

The cases were reported from 2,681 samples tested withing 24 hours, the health ministry announced noting a cumulative 99,227 cases had been recorded since March 2020.

Nairobi accounted for the highest number of cases at 53 followed  by Kajiado(3), Mombasa(2) and  Uasin Gishu (2 and  Kitui (2).

A single case was detected in Machakos, Kakamega and  Murang’a.

The country’s daily positivity rate is well below the 5 per cent containment threshold recommended by the World Health Organization.  

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also reported three virus-related deaths over the same period raising Kenya’s death toll to 1,734.

He said 697 COVID-19 patients were admitted in various health facilities countrywide while another 1,680 were under home-based isolation and care.  

Another 11 patients were reported to be on oxygen, 10 of whom were in the general wards and another in the High Dependency Unit.

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Out of the 77 patients who recovered from the disease within 24 hours lapsing on Monday, 17 were discharged from various hospitals while 60 recovered under home-based care.  

The total recoveries since April 2020 stood at 82,427.

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