COVID-19: Kenya records 161 new cases, 14 deaths

A medical worker takes a sample for COVID-19 during a community testing, as authorities race ...
A medical worker takes a sample for COVID-19 during a community testing, as authorities race to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Abuja, Nigeria April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Kenya has recorded 161 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 2,805 tested in the last 24 hours, this marking a positivity rate of 5.7%.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said total confirmed cases now stand at 175,337 while the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,866,825.

The 161 cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 52, Siaya 44, Homa Bay 11, Mombasa 9, Meru 9, Kiambu 8, Migori 6, Kisii 5, Kakamega 4, Nakuru 4, Kisumu 3, Uasin Gishu 3, Bomet 1, Kericho 1 and Wajir 1.

The Ministry further announced that 14 people have succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting Facility Record Audits on diverse dates in the months of May and June. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,410.

At the same time, 177 patients are reported to have recovered from the disease, 113 from the Home Based and Isolation Care program while 64 are from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries now stand at 120,208.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 957 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,796 patients are under Home Based Isolation and Care program.

Currently there are 155 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 29 of whom are on ventilatory support and 106 on supplemental oxygen. 20 patients are under observation.

“Another 108 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 103 of them in general wards and 5 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise, the Ministry says a total of 1,113,158 vaccines have so far been administered across the country.

“Of these, total first doses are 986,881 while total 2nd doses are 126,277. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first doses at 12.8% with the majority being males at 56.4% retie females are at 43.6%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated Elea than 1%,” added the Ministry.

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