03-04-2021 by redazione
Five counties are in full lockdown but the incidence rate of positive cases compared to the number of swabs taken continues to rise instead of falling.
The situation in Nairobi and the four neighbouring counties remains critical and a resolution of the problems and a possible return to a relaxation of the current restrictions still seems a long way off.
Yesterday, 1851 out of 9,676 swabs tested positive. Covid-19 also caused 19 deaths, bringing the total to 2,186.
Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that the total number of registered cases in the country is 136,893. Of the cases in the last 24 hours, 1767 are Kenyan nationals, while 84 are foreigners.
1,597 patients are currently hospitalised in various facilities across the country. 4,943 are in isolation and home care. 185 are in intensive care, 43 are on ventilatory support while 106 are on supplementary oxygen, 36 patients are under observation.
Nairobi continues to have the majority of infections with 796 cases, followed by Kiambu 151 and the returning Mombasa (106 cases). This is followed by Uasin Gishu 83, Nakuru 79, Machakos 52, Nyandarua 44, Kisumu 38, Kilifi 37, Kitui 36, Meru 35, Kericho 34, Kajiado 33, Bungoma 32, Trans Nzoia 25, Embu 22.
Kakamega has 19 cases, Murang'a 17, Kirinyaga 14, Mandera 14, Makueni 13, West Pokot 11, Siaya 11, Nandi 10, Busia 9, Laikipia 7, Isiolo 6, Kisii 6, Bomet 6, Kwale 5, Baringo 4, Migori 4, Taita Taveta 4, Garissa 3, Turkana 3, Nyeri 3, Marsabit 2, with Samburu, Tharaka Nithi, Narok and Elgeyo Marakwet 1 case each.
Health Director Patrick Amoth, during yesterday's press conference at Afya House reminded that national health security takes precedence over the economy. He also pointed out that the demand for oxygen is continuously increasing given its viability in handling serious cases.
"As infections increase, the demand for oxygen will increase," Amoth explained, "But counties have increased their capacity to be able to provide portable oxygen or through oxygen cylinders or concentrators.
There is cautious optimism for a decrease in severe cases and future improvement since the government has tightened control of containment measures.
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