NAIROBI, 25 March 2021 – Another 26 Kenyans have succumbed to complications from COVID-19 over the 24 hours since Wednesday, the country’s health minister said Thursday.
The 24-hour death toll is only two short of the record 28 deaths recorded last Friday.
Friday’s death toll from COVID-19 was the highest-ever number of deaths from the virus since it spread to the East African country.
“Twenty-eight patients have lost their lives to this disease, an increase of eleven from the number given yesterday when we had 17 deaths,” the Health Ministry tweeted last Saturday.
A grand total of 2,092 Kenyan citizens or residents have now succumbed to the virus since COVID-19 was first detected in the East African nation in March 2020.
The number of new cases detected over the 24-hour period stood at 1,463 from 8.976 samples tested.
The highest number of new infections – 766 cases – were detected in Nairobi County.
In a statement Thursday, the country’s health cabinet secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, said the new infections comprise 1,428 Kenyans and 35 foreigners.
The youngest case is of a three-month-old infant while the oldest is of a 103-year-old.
Kenya’s total caseload is 126,170 positive tests from a total of 1,443,701 tests administered.
Over the last 24 hours, 498 patients recovered from the virus, 126 of them healing while in a health facility.