Kenya records highest new COVID-19 infections as 1,185 test positive

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe at a past briefing. 1,185 more people have tested positive for the disease to raise national infections to 53,797./COURTESY

1,185 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, making it the highest new infections recorded ever since the outbreak of the disease in the country in March.

The new infections now push total COVID-19 infections in the country to 53,797, out of which 4,076 were recorded this week alone.

Speaking in Mombasa, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the 1,185 positives were from a sample of 9,851 tested in the last 24 hours raising cumulative tests to 687,452.

17 more patients succumbed to the disease to bring the total COVID-19 fatalities in the country to 981, out of which 79 were recorded this week.

According to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, 1,119 patients in Kenya are in hospital, 41 of them in ICU. 4,440 are in the home-based care program.

272 patients recovered from the disease, pushing national COVID-19 recoveries to 35,876.

Of the new recoveries, 203 were from the home-based care program while 69 were released from various hospitals across the country.