NAIROBI, 20 March 2021 – Kenya on Friday recorded 28 COVID-19 deaths – the highest number of fatalities blamed on the virus since the first case was confirmed in March 2020.
As of Saturday, Kenya had recorded 1,982 fatalities with the total caseload standing at 118,889.
In the 24 hours to close of business Friday, a total of 1,354 new positive cases were detected from a sample testing size of 7,732 people.
Of the infected, 148 patients are on supplemental oxygen; 17 were in the High Dependency Unit for a total of 830 admitted to various health facilities nationwide, while 2,332 others are on home-based isolation care.
The youngest of the cases detected over the last 24 hours was a seven-month-old infant while the oldest is 100 years.
Health officials said the positivity rate in the country has ticked up, from 17 percent to 17.5 percent.
Mwangangi said that the number of patients who have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit has increased to 123, compared to 114 on Thursday.
“The rising cases are an indication that we have lowered our guard and the majority of us have drawn caution to the window,” said Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi, warning that the country was facing a third wave of the virus.