Kenya records 452 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate at 9.3pc

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Kenya’s total coronavirus cases hit 187,977 on Friday after the Ministry of Health announced 452 new infections, tested from a sample size of 4,876.

The new infections have a positivity rate of 9.3 percent. So far, Kenya has tested at least 2,006,662 samples.

“From the cases, 436 are Kenyans while 16 are foreigners. 231 are males and 221 females. The youngest is a one-month-old infant while the oldest is 89 years,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Friday.

Nairobi recorded the highest number of new infections with 169 new cases while Mombasa and Uasin Gishu came second and third with 36 and 27 cases respectively.

“A total of 1,151 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,241 patients are under Home Based Isolation and Care program,” the Ministry of Health said “128 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 40 of whom are on ventilatory support and 58 on supplemental oxygen.”

Another 201 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen, with 174 of them in general wards and 27 in High Dependency Units (HDU)

The distribution of infection in the rest of the counties is as follows: Busia 27, Makueni 27, Kiambu 26, Kilifi 15, Nakuru 2 13, Kajiado 13, Kakamega 10, Kisumu 9, Kericho 8, Garissa 8, Siaya 8, Vihiga 7, Kwale 6, Kisii 6, Nyeri 6, Murang’a 6, Kirinyaga 5, Bungoma 3, Homa Bay 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Kitui 2, Machakos 1, Marsabit 1, Meru 1, Migori 1, Taita Taveta 1 Bomet 1, Embu 1, Turkana 1 and West Pokot 1.

Distribution of positive cases by age is as follows; 0-9 years (13), 10-19 years (19), 20-29 years (74), 30-39 (121) 40-49 (87) 50- 59 (51) 60 years and above (87).

Meanwhile, 1,327 patients have recovered from the disease; 1,272 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care, while 55 are from various health facilities.

“Total recoveries now stand at 177,783 out of which 141,858 are from Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 35,925 are from various health facilities, ” the Ministry said.

At the same time, Kenya’s total coronavirus deathtoll hit 3,718 following two new fatalities.

Both fatalities were late deaths reported after facility record audits in June and July.

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