Kenya on Wednesday confirmed an additional 679 Coronavirus infections after testing 6,590 samples in the last 24 hours.
Addressing the media during the daily COVID-19 briefing, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi said that the case load has as a result jumped to 28,104.
Since march, Kenya has tested 369,091 samples.
658 of the new cases were Kenyan nationals while 21 were foreigners.
In terms of gender, 400 were males while 279 were females. The youngest victim was a one month old infant and the oldest an 87 year old person.
Dr Mwangangi also announced 743 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 14,610.
685 of these persons were on home-based care program while 58 were discharged from various hospitals across the country.
Unfortunately, 18 persons lost their lives to the novel COVID-19. The total number of fatalities now stands at 456.
Dr Mwangangi mourned the head of Corporate Affairs over at Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), Kamau Mugenda who lost his life to the disease.
He will be buried today, she said.
15 of the deceased persons had underlying conditions including asthma, kidney failure, hypertension and diabetes.
A woman aged 55 years died at her home in Meru, the CAS confirmed.
Today’s cases were spread in the counties as follows; Nairobi (349), Mombasa (16), Kiambu (69), Kajiado (35), Machakos (25), Nyeri (23), Nyandarua (13), Laikipia (9), Kisumu (7), Meru (5), Murang’a (4), Trans Nzoia (4), Vihiga (2), Kakamega (1).