COVID-19: Kenya’s positivity rate at 3.2% after recording 77 new cases, one death

COVID-19: Kenya's positivity rate at 3.2% after recording 77 new cases, one death
Kenyan medical worker conducts a COVID-19 test. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kenya has recorded 77 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 2,415 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 3.2%.

This now brings the total confirmed positive cases to 250,191 while cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,575,024.

“From the cases 70 of them are Kenyans while 7 are foreigners. 42 males while 35 are females. The youngest is a one-year-old child while the oldest is
88 years,” said the Ministry.

The 77 new cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 18, Meru 14, Nakuru 12, Machakos 5, Mombasa 4, Siaya 4, Kiambu 3, Kirinyaga 2, Laikipia 2, Nandi 2, Turkana 2, Uasin Gishu 1, West Pokot 1, Garissa 1, Nyandarua 1, Kakamega 1, Kericho 1, Bungoma 1, Embu 1 and
Baringo 1.

One more death has also been recorded, this being a late death reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of October 2021. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,141.

At the same time, 322 patients have recovered from the disease with 287 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 35 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 242,857 of whom 196,402 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 46,455 are from various health
facilities countrywide.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 914 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,979 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Some 56 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 31 of whom are on ventilatory support and 23 on supplemental oxygen.

“Two patients are under observation. Another 291 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 282 of them in general wards and 9 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise, as of October 3, 2021, a total of 3,886,630 vaccines had so far been administered across the country. Of these, 2,955,890 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 930,740.

“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 31.5%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 3.4%. The Government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033,” said the Ministry.

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