COVID-19: Kenya’s positivity rate at 10.7% after 392 people test positive, 8 dead


COVID-19: Kenya's positivity rate at 10.7% after 392 people test positive, 8 dead
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the press on the state of COVID-19 on March 17, 2021. PHOTO / COURTESY / MOH

Kenya has recorded 392 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 3,668 tested in the last 24 hours marking a positivity rate of 10.7%. This pushes the he country’s cumulative cases to 165,112.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Ministry of Health announced that from the 392 new cases, 383 are Kenyans while 9 are foreigners.

“237 are males and 155 females. The youngest is a two-month-old-infant while the oldest is 95 years. Total confirmed positive cases are now 165,112 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,737,168,” reads the statement.

At the same time, eight deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, 1 occurred within the last one month and 7 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 2,976.

The 392 cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 70, Kericho 58, Kisumu 53, Mombasa 37, Siaya 17, Kisii 13, Nyeri and Nakuru 12 cases each, Nyamira, Migori and Baringo 11 cases each, Bungoma 10, Makueni 9, Kiambu 8, Uasin Gishu 7, Bomet, Meru, Murang’a and Kakamega 6 cases each, Kajiado and Machakos 4 cases each, Embu, Hama Bay, Kilifi, West Pokot, Kitui, Mandera, Nandi and Nyandarua 2 cases each, Taita Taveta, Kwale, Tharaka Nithi, Garissa and Isiolo 1 case each.

At the same time, 184 patients are reported to have recovered from the disease, 152 from the Home Based and Isolation Care while 32 are from various health facilities countrywide.

“Total recoveries now stand at 113,432 of whom 82,450 are from Home Based Care and Isolation, while 30,982 are from the various health facilities countrywide,” said the Ministry.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 1,040 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,813 patients are on the Home Based Isolation and Care Program.

Some 118 patients are reported to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 23 of whom are on ventilatory support and 74 on supplemental oxygen. 21 patients are under observation.

“Another 88 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 83 of them in general wards and 5 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise, a total of 933,436 persons have so far been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease countrywide.

“Of these 284,411 are aged 58 years and above, Health workers 162,396, Teachers 146,538, Security Officers 79,906 and Others 261,185,” added MoH.

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