COVID-19 positivity rate at 16.5pc as 1,184 test positive; 20 more dead

COVID-19 positivity rate at 16.5pc as 1,184 test positive; 20 more dead
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate is at 16.5% after 1,184 people tested positive from a sample of 7,139 in the last 24 hours.

In a statement to media houses on Saturday, the Ministry of Health said the total number of confirmed infections had risen to 138,077 while the total number of samples tested had hit 1,511,592.

1,146 of those infected are Kenyan citizens while 38 are foreigners; 601 are male while 583 are female.

Across the country, the cases are distributed as follows: Nairobi 613, Kiambu 92, Nyeri 59, Kericho 47, Uasin Gishu 38, Machakos 37, Meru Kilifi 23, Taita Taveta 19, Kakamega 17, Laikipia 16, 33, Kajiado 28, Nakuru 26, Nyamira 26, Nyandarua 23, Kirinyaga 12, Bomet 11, Bungoma 11, Mombasa 8, Murang’a 8, Busia 5, Kitui 5, Homa Bay 5, Vihiga 4, Kisumu 3, Kwale 2, Makueni 2, Mandera 2, Migori 2, Marsabit 1, Nandi 1, Garissa 1, Narok 1 and Isiolo 1.

The Ministry of Health has also announced 220 new recoveries with 177 being patients under the Home Based Care and Isolation while 43 had been admitted to various facilities in the the country.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease has hit 2,206 after 20 new deaths were reported on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health said 4 of the deaths were late death reports from facility record audits.

Across the country a total of 1,582 patients are currently admitted in various health faciliües countrywide, while 5,376 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

187 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 43 of whom are on ventilatory support and 111 on supplemental oxygen. 33 patients are on observation.

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