Kenya on Saturday reported 278 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number of positive cases in the country to 9,726.
The new cases emerged from a sample size of 1,403 people that were tested in the last 24 hours, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said.
A total of 207,987 samples have been tested in the country to date.
In terms of age, the youngest is a one-year-old while the oldest is 86 years old.
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By gender, 112 are females while 166 are males.
Nairobi and Mombasa continue to lead with the highest number of infections with 5,350 and 1,722 cases respectively.
The new cases are distributed in counties as follows, Nairobi 162, Kajiado 40, Kiambu 28, Machakos 22, Nakuru 16, Siaya 2, Mombasa 2, Murang’a 1, Nyamira 1, Homa Bay 1, Nyandarua 1and Uasin Gishu 1.
On a positive note, 99 patients have been discharged in the last 24 hours, raising the number of recoveries in the country to 2,832.
However, three more patients have succumbed to the virus making the cumulative number of fatalities to 184.
Mwangangi was speaking from Kwale County where the Ministry of Health inspected hospitals to assess the level of preparedness in the county hospitals and determine what support counties need to adequately confront the pandemic.
The Health CAS also affirmed that in as much as infrastructural readiness is good, the human resource element is perhaps the most important in the whole architecture of health care.
Mwangangi said that with the 200 average cases being reported in the recent days, the health care system risks being overwhelmed, necessitating the directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta that each county must have at least a 300 bed capacity isolation facility.
She also noted that Kwale County had surpassed these requirements with over 424 beds with 84 of them being in Msambweni COVID-19 Hospital.
I addition, the County has 10 ICU beds and 13 ventilators for patients that may require critical care.
The county has also trained an additional 1,119 health care workers on COVID-19 case management.
Additionally, over 160 health care workers of different cadres have been recruited under the UHC program for COVID-19 response.
CAS Mwangangi also thanked the board and management of the Kenya Medical Training Colleges (KMTC) for the good work they were doing during this period.
“KMTC here in Kwale, like in other counties, have offered their institutions for use as quarantine and isolation facilities, I thank them,” she said.