Twenty-three people have succumbed to Covid-19, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said.
This is the highest number of deaths recorded in a single day since the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Among those who succumbed is renowned University of Nairobi Sociology lecturer Dr Ken Ouko.
This takes the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the country to 364. On Friday, the country reported that 16 more patients had succumbed to the virus.
CS Kagwe also reported 727 new confirmed coronavirus cases from 6,371 samples. Out of the new cases, 696 are Kenyans while 31 are foreigners. The youngest is a one-year-old baby and the oldest is a 92-year-old man.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 21,363.
Kagwe also reported 254 recoveries, 88 from the home-based care and 166 are from various hospitals.
Health acting director general Patrick Amoth said some of the deaths are attributed to reporting late to hospitals.
“You can have a very serious Covid-19 infection but you might not be aware and you feel well. If you feel unwell, I urge you to seek medical care immediately,” Amoth said on Saturday.
Amoth said the fatality rate in the country still stands at 1.6 per cent and that the more positive cases are reported, the more the deaths.