Kenya records 506 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths


A member of the medical staff dressed in a protective suit holds a syringe as ...
A member of the medical staff dressed in a protective suit holds a syringe as he treats a coronavirus patient inside the COVID-19 ICU of Machakos Level 5 Hospital, in Machakos, Kenya October 28, 2020. PHOTO / REUTERS/ Baz Ratner

Kenya has recorded 506 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 7,376 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of  6.9%.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said the total confirmed positive cases are now 186,959 while the cumulative tests conducted so far are 1,996,442.

” From the cases 468 are Kenyans while 38 are foreigners. 287 are males and 219 females. The youngest is a two-month-old infant while the oldest is 103 years. Total confirmed positive cases are now 186,959 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,996,442,” said the Ministry.

The 506 new cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 124, Mombasa 70, Uasin Gishu 41, Kilifi 25, Trans Nzoia 24, Nakuru 22, Kisumu 20, Kakamega 19, Siaya 18, Kiambu 15, Laikipia 14, Kisii 13, Busia 12, Kajiado 11, Vihiga 11, Kitui 10, Nandi 8, Kwale 7, Machakos 6, Baringo 6, Nyandarua 6, Murang’a 4, Turkana 4, Bungoma 3, Narok 3, Marsabit 2, Homa Bay 2, Meru 1, Nyamira 1, Tana River 1, Embu 1, Isiolo 1 and Kericho 1.

Eight more patients are reported to have succumbed to the disease out of which one is reported to have died in the last 24 hours while 7 are late deaths reported after conducting Fadlity Record Audits in the months of June and July 2021. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,705.

At the same time, 355 patients are reported to have recovered from the disease of which 241 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care, while 114 are various health facilities. Total recoveries now stand at 174,522 of whom 138,893 are from Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 35,629 are from various health fatalities.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 1,128 patient are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,392 patients are under the Home Based Isolation and Care program.

“118 patient are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 39 of whom are on ventilatory support and 60 on supplemental oxygen. 29 patients are under observation. Another 177 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 150 of them in general wards and 27 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise, a total of 1,511,693 vaccines have so far been vaccinated across the country.

Of these, total first doses are 1,021,982 while second doses are 489,711. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 47.9% with the majority being males at 55% while females are at 45%,” said the Ministry.

The Ministry of Health says the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 1.88%.

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