Kenya records 166 new COVID-19 cases, 23 more deaths reported

Kenya records 166 new COVID-19 cases, 23 more deaths reported
File image of a health worker administering a COVID-19 test in Kenya. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kenya has recorded 166 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 3,561 tested in the last 24 hours, this marking a positivity rate of 4.7%.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said the total confirmed positive cases are now 172,491 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,834,247.

The 166 cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 48, Uasin Gishu 21, Nyeri 18, Busia 17, Kisii 9, Nakuru 8, Kilifi 8, Meru 4, Narok 4, Siaya 4, Murang’a 3, Nandi 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Kirinyaga 3 Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Mombasa 2, Homa Bay 2, Kajiado 1, Kakamega 1, Kericho 1, Kiambu 1, Machakos 1, Mandera 1 and Migori 1.

The Ministry further announced that 23 people have been reported to succumb to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting Facility Record Audits on diverse dates in the month of April and May. The cumulative fatalities now stand at 3,287.

At the same time, 93 patients have recovered from the disease, 90 from the Home Based and Isolation Care Program while 3 are from various health fatalities countrywide. This now pushes the total recoveries to 117,595.

According to the Ministry, a total of 1,177 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,904 patients are under the Home Based Isolation and Care program.

“Another 95 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 88 of them in general wards and 7 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

On the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise, the Ministry says a total of 975,399 persons have so far been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease countrywide.

A total of 8,181 have so far received their second dose. Of these 4,607 are Health Workers, Others 1,514, aged 58 years and above 1,053, Teachers 606 whole Security Officers 401,” said the Ministry.

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