Kenya’s COVID-19 patients in critical conditions on rise

Xinhua News Agency | Nov 26, 2020 at 2:34 PM

NAIROBI, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Kenya under critical care and in need of supplementary oxygen has hit a new high as the disease spreads across the east African nation.

On Thursday, 1,232 patients were admitted to various hospitals across Kenya, Health minister Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement.

Out of the total, 57 were in the intensive care unit, 32 of whom were on ventilatory support and the rest in need of supplemental oxygen.

Another 109 were in need of supplemental oxygen, 58 of whom in the general wards and the rest in the high dependency unit, according to the minister.

The number of patients had increased from Wednesday, when 1,198 people were hospitalized, with 106 in need of supplemental oxygen.

The high number of hospitalizations points to a surging crisis in the country as infection cases and fatalities increase.

On Thursday, 780 people from a sample size of 6,156 tested positive for the virus, raising Kenya's total COVID-19 caseload to 80,102.

Fatalities, on the other hand, stood at 1,427 after 10 people succumbed to the disease, according to Kagwe.