15-03-2021 by redazione
In Nairobi there is renewed concern about the advance of Covid-19 cases and the severity of some patients, with intensive care beds being filled daily by more than ten patients, and having risen in just 24 hours from 98 to 114, after less than a week ago there were 64.
One of the considerations to be made about Kenya's capital is the crowding in indoor offices, on means of transport and in shops, with no special attention paid to compliance with restrictions and prevention rules, especially in some working-class neighbourhoods.
At least half of the positives every day come from Nairobi, not only because more swabs are tested, but also because of requests for testing from symptomatic people. In rural areas and on the coast, cases are often detected by chance, without the presence of symptoms. On the one hand this may be more alarming, but on the other hand it shows that the viral load in outdoor areas and warmer zones is almost always low.
At a press conference on Sunday, 14 March, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe revealed that in the last 24 hours, 431 people had tested positive for Covid-19, out of a sample of 4,627. The percentage is slightly down and back below 10, at 9.3%.
The total number of confirmed positive cases to date now stands at 113,236, compared to the total number of tests conducted in the past year of 1,369,326.
Five patients have died from the disease, bringing the total death toll from Covid-19 to 1,913.
Of the positive cases recorded in the last 24 hours, 414 are Kenyans and only 17 are foreigners, the lowest percentage of foreigners detected since the beginning of the year.
Meanwhile, 79 patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries now stands at 88,405. There are 668 patients currently hospitalised in various health facilities across the country, while 2,080 patients are in isolation and home care.
As mentioned, 114 patients are currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 24 of whom are on ventilatory support and 76 on supplementary oxygen.
14 patients are under observation. Another 27 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, of which 24 are on general wards. Three patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).
In terms of distribution in the counties, Nairobi leads with 252, followed by Nandi 83, Machakos 47, Busia 12, Kiambu 11, Kajiado 10, Uasin Gishu 7, Kilifi 4 (including 2 in Malindi), Nyandarua 2, Makueni 1, Murang'a 1 and Nakuru 1.
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