Kenya records 323 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths


Kenya records 323 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the press on the state of COVID-19 on March 17, 2021. PHOTO / COURTESY / MOH

Kenya has recorded 323 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 3,676 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 8.8%.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said the total confirmed positive cases are now 192,758 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,053,912.

The 323 cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 166, Mombasa 41, Kilifi 31, Busia 24, Nakuru 23, Kiambu 10, Machakos 5, Nyeri 3, Kwale 3, Meru 3, Kajiado 3, Kericho 2, Kirinyaga 2, Siaya 2, Uasin Gishu 2, Baringo 1, Isiolo 1 and Murang’a 1.

At the same time 15 patients have succumbed to the disease with 3 of them in the last 24 hours while 12 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the months of May, June and July 2021. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,775.

Meanwhile, 644 patients are reported to have recovered from the disease with 604 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 40 are from various health facilities countrywide.

“Total recoveries now stand at 182,326 out of which 145,742 are from the Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 36,584 are from various health facilities countrywide,” said the Ministry.

According to the Ministry, a total of 1,203 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,384 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Currently, there are 132 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 40 of whom are on ventilatory support and 63 on supplemental oxygen. 29 patients are under observation.

“Another 272 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 250 of them in general wards and 22 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise, as of July 18 a total of 1,620,465 vaccines have so far been administered across the country. Of these, total first doses are 1,038,074 while second doses are 582,391.

“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 56.0% with the majority being males at 55% while females are at 45%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.1%,” said the Ministry.

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