Kilifi records highest new COVID-19 infections in the Coast

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past COVID-19 briefing./COURTESY

Kilifi County recorded 139 new infections in the last 24 hours, which was the highest in the coastal region.

Mombasa which recorded second highest new infections in the region had 115 cases.

The two counties were the only ones in the region to record more than 10 new infections on Sunday.

According to the Ministry of Health, Kwale had six new COVID-19 infections followed by Taita Taveta’s two cases.

National infections surpassed 70,000 after 972 more people tested positive for the virus. Current infections are now at 70,245.

The new infections were from a sample size of 6,648 tested in the last 24 hours. Cumulative tests now stand at 789,952.

“352 patients have recovered from the disease, 253 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 99 have been discharged from various hospitals. Total recoveries are now 45,766,” read a statement from MoH.

“Unfortunately, another 20 patients have succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 1,269,” it added.

1,229 patients are admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,572 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

59 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 26 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 30 on supplemental oxygen.

“Another 96 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen out of whom 79 are in the general wards, while 17 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU),” said MoH.