COVID-19: Nine deaths, 837 new cases recorded as Kenya’s positivity rate at 11.1%


COVID-19: Nine deaths, 837 new cases recorded as Kenya's positivity rate at 11.1%
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe attends a virtual meeting of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) at State House on July 14, 2021. PHOTO / PSCU

The Ministry of Health on Thursday announced that 837 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 7,545 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now 11.1%, with the total confirmed infections rising to 191,020 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,036,472.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 340 patients recovered from the coronavirus; 272 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 68 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 180,420.

CS Kagwe however noted that 9 patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in April, May June and July 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,746.

From the new cases, 797 are Kenyans while 40 are foreigners; 435 are males and 402 females, while the youngest is a three-month-old infant and the oldest is 94 years.

The cases were recorded in various counties namely; Nairobi 376, Mombasa 87, Nyeri 45, Kiambu 34, Kilifi 33, Uasin Gishu 32, Nakuru 26, Siaya 23, Kajiado 21, Kericho 15, Bungoma 13, Busia 11, Nyamira 11, Kisumu 11, Makueni 11, Laikipia 11, Kitui 10, Embu 7, Turkana 7, Machakos 6, Nyandarua 6, Homa Bay 6, Elgeyo Marakwet 5, Garissa 5, Migori 5, Baringo 4, Bomet 4, Kakamega 4, Kwale, Lamu, Marsabit, Meru, Narok, Isiolo, Taita Taveta and Tharaka Nithi 1 case each.

“A total of 1,058 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,407 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 129 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 38 of whom are on ventilatory support and 65 on supplemental oxygen,” read the statement.

“26 patients are under observation. Another 219 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 201 of them in general wards and 18 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

The CS also said a total of 1,590,765 vaccines had so far been administered across the country; of these, total first doses are 1,033,296 while second doses are 557,467.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 54%, 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 173,402; Others 158,770; Health Workers 103,443; Teachers 77,593; while Security Officers are at 44,261.

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