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Kenya’s COVID-19 Cases Rise to 46,144 With 497 New Infections

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Kenya’s ministry of health has announced 497 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the last 24 hours.

The new infections bring total confirmed cases in the East African nation to 46,144.

In a statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the latest cases are from a sample size of 4,888, bringing the number of cumulative tests done in the country to date to 632,669.

“Currently, there are 27 patints in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 on ventilatory support and 41 on supplementary oxygen,” Kagwe said.

“A total of 1,189 are currently admitted in various health facilities and 2,661 are on home-based isolation care,” he added.

Kagwe said that from the latest cases, 471 are Kenyans while 26 are foreigners.

The youngest case is of a one-year-old while the oldest is 88, with 295 being male and 202 being female.

At the same time, recoveries have increased to 32,760 after 238 patients tested negative in the last 24 hours.

Of this number, 170 patients are from the home-based care programme while 68 have been discharged from various hospitals in the country.

On the other hand, fatalities have risen to 858 following the death of 16 patients over the last 24 hours.

Nairobi leads with 227 of the new cases, followed by Machakos (64), Mombasa (51), Uasin Gishu (37), Laikipia (28), Busia (19), Kajiado (11) and Embu (10).

Other cases were registered in Nakuru (9), Wajir (7), Kiambu (6), Kilifi (6), Kisumu (4), Nyeri (4), Makueni (3), Elgeyo Marakwet (2), Meru (2), Kisii (2) and Turkana (2). Narok, Homa Bay and Kakamega registered a case each.

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Kenya Records 810 New Coronavirus Infections

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Kenya recorded 810 new coronavirus cases, the East African country’s health ministry announced on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health said the cases increased infections in the country to 79,322 since March.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said eight patients had succumbed to virus raising fatalities in the country to 1,417 since April.

He said there were 1,198 patients admitted in various health facilities across the countrry.

“7,169 are on home-based isolation and care,” he said in a statement, “49 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 31 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 14 on supplementary oxygen,” Kagwe said.

Kenya has experienced a surge in the number of infections since September in what threatens plans to reopen schools in January next year.

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Nigeria Records 56 New Infections, Discharges 165 Patients

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The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 56 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Monday.

It said that the infections brought the total number of cases in the country to 66,439.

The NCDC said that the new infections were from nine states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The public health agency also announced that 165 patients were discharged from isolation centres across the country.

The NCDC added that Kaduna State reported the highest daily figure of infections followed by FCT and Lagos with 18, 17 and 6 cases respectively.

Other states with new infections were Plateau-5, Kano-3, Kwara-2, Yobe-2, Ekiti-1, Niger-1 and Rivers-1.

The public health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at Level 3 which continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The NCDC also said that one death was recorded in the country.

It noted that “till date, 66,439 cases have been confirmed, 62,241 cases have been discharged and 1,168 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the FCT.”

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Libya Records 650 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 78,000

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The Libyan government has announced 650 new COVID-19 cases.

The fresh cases, announced by the National Center for Disease Control of Libya, brings the total infections in the North African country to 78,473.

678 patients have recovered and 13 others died during the same period, raising the total recoveries to 49,592 and the national death toll to 1,102.

Since the first case was reported in March, Libyan authorities have taken a series of precautionary measures against the pandemic, including closing the country’s borders, shutting down schools and mosques, banning public gatherings, and imposing a curfew.

According to Stephanie Williams, the Acting Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General in Libya, the first two weeks of November saw a 22-per cent increase in the number of cases, with Libya’s biggest cities – Tripoli, Misrata, and Benghazi – witnessing the largest increases.

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