The number of Covid-19 cases in Kenya passed the 7,000 mark with confirmation of 247 more positive test results on Friday.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman announced, during the daily briefing at Afya House in Nairobi, that these new cases raised the country’s total to 7,188.
The country reported its first case of the coronavirus on March 13, weeks after confirmation of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019.
Dr Aman further reported that the number of recoveries had increased to 2,148 as 39 more patients had been discharged.
He also said two more patients had died, raising the death toll to 154
Aman Two hundred and forty two of the new patients were Kenyans and the rest foreigners.
In terms of case distribution, Nairobi accounted for the highest number with 153 and was followed by Mombasa with 35, Kajiado with 15 and Busia and Kiambu with 12 each.
Uasin Gishu, Machakos and Garissa recorded four each, Murang’a, Nakuru and Siaya two each and Lamu and Nyamira one each
In his address, acting Health Director-General Patrick Amoth said 29 of the patients were in intensive care units, 14 of them in public hospitals and 15 in private facilities.
He said 13 were on ventilators, 15 on supplemental oxygen therapy and one under observation.
Dr Amoth also noted that Kenya’s fatality rate was 2.29 per cent compared to the global average of 6.7 per cent.
According to coronavirus case tracker Worldometer, the disease had infected at least 11,023,455 people and killed 524,881 globally by July 3.
The number of recoveries was 6,178,566 and that of active cases 4,320,008.
Of the active cases, only one per cent were critical.