COVID-19: Kenya records 9 deaths, 761 new cases with positivity rate at 13.1%

COVID-19: Kenya records 9 deaths, 761 new cases with positivity rate at 13.1%
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe attends the World Health Assembly virtually on May 24, 2021. PHOTO / COURTESY / MOH

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced that 761 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 5,794 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now 13.1%, with the total confirmed infections rising to 189,703 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,023,807.

From the cases, 727 are Kenyans while 34 are foreigners; 381 are females and 380 males, while the youngest is a six-month-old infant and the oldest is 96 years.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to the press, said 71 patients recovered from the coronavirus; 45 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care, while 26 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 180,624.

CS Kagwe however also noted that 9 patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in April and June 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,732.

The new cases were recorded across various counties namely; Nairobi 189, Kisumu 133, Laikipia 104, Uasin Gishu 45, Nakuru 35, Mombasa 35, Kiambu 27, Kitui 23, Garissa 20, Kilifi 18, Busia 18, Siaya 14, Taita Taveta 14, Murang’a 8, Machakos 8, Isiolo 7, Vihiga 7, Kirinyaga 6, Makueni 6, Kisii 6, Kwale 6, Bungoma 5, Kericho 5, Nyamira 5, Embu 2, Hama Bay 2, Kajiado 2, Kakamega 2, Narok 2, Nyandarua 2, Nyeri 1, Baringo 1, Bomet 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1 and Meru 1.

“A total of 1,067 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,359 are under the Home Based Isolation and Care program. 123 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 38 of whom are on ventilatory support and 65 on supplemental oxygen,” read the statement.

“20 patients are under observation. Another 218 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 196 of them in general wards and 22 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

The CS stated that a total of 1,550,389 vaccines had so far been administered across the country; of these, total first doses are 1,028,669 while second doses are 521,720.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 50.7% with the majority being males at 55% while females are at 45%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.0%.

The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is as follows: Aged 58 years and above 161,165; Others 147,765; Health Workers 99,289; Teachers 72,294; while Security Officers are at 41,207.

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