Eighteen more die of Covid as 280 recover, says minister

By Harrison Kivisu
Monday, April 19th, 2021
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA
In summary

Eighteen more people succumbed to Coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative fatalities to 2,481 countrywide.

Their demise came on the day when confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Kenya rose to 151,653 after 366 people tested positive for the disease representing a 10 per cent positivity rate.

“Unfortunately 18 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, with one having occurred in the last 24 hours, two on diverse dates within the last one month, while 15 are late are deaths reported after conducting facility record audits,” reads a statement by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

According to the ministry, the latest cases are from 3,664 tested samples. “Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who loved their loved ones,” Kagwe said.

The new cases comprise 354 Kenyans and 12 are foreigners. In terms of gender, 215 are male while 151 are female. The youngest is a three-month-old child while the oldest is 86 years.

Further, the ministry reported that 280 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours.

Of those who have recovered, 207 patients were from the home-based care programme while 73 have been discharged from various hospitals within the country.

The total number of recoveries in the country now stands at 101,642. The ministry also noted that 1,620 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide while 5,832 are on home-based isolation and care.

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