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.

Kenya Reimposed COVID Restrictions - Photo Voice of America

Kenya Reimposed COVID Restrictions in March 2021- Photo Voice of America

Kenya - Source AFP

Kenya – Source AFP

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.

ICU Beds Full to Capacity in Nairobi Hospitals - Photo Voice of America

ICU Beds Full to Capacity in Nairobi Hospitals – Photo Voice of America

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.

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