Kenya reports 965 new COVID-19 cases; 21 more deaths

Kenya reports 965 new COVID-19 cases; 21 more deaths
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past briefing on COVID-19. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Ministry of Health reported 965 new COVID-19 cases in Kenya on Wednesday, from a sample of 7,311.

With the new cases, the country’s total number of cases recorded since the pandemic began has risen to 153,488.

On Wednesday, Kenya’s positivity rate — the percentage of positive cases to tests — was 13.2 percent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, health care providers have administered 1,618,990 COVID-19 tests, according to officials.

According to the Ministry of Health, 213 of the new cases reported Wednesday were among people aged 30 to 39, while 179 were among people aged 60 and older.

191 new cases were also tested in the 40-49 age group and some 151 cases in the 50-59 age group.

The new cases are distributed across the country as follows: In terms of County distribution; Nairobi 330, Mombasa 67, Nakuru 63, Kericho 45, Uasin Gishu 44, Murang’a 33, Kiambu 30, Meru 28, Homabay 25, Kisumu 25, Garissa 22, Isiolo 20, Nyeri 19, Laikipia and Slaya 17 cases each, Narok and Busia 14 cases each, Kajiado 13, Machakos 12, Kisii and Embu 11 cases each, Makueni, Bungoma, Nyandarua and Kilifi 10 cases each, Kitui 9, Kakamega 8, Mandera and Migori 7 cases each, Bomet 6, Taita Taveta 5, Nandi, Turkana and Samburu 4 cases each, Kirinyaga and Trans Nzoia 3 cases each, Baringo and West Pokot 2 cases each, and Vihiga 1 case.

The docket said the total number of recoveries had risen to 105,279 after 1,441 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

1,317 of the new recoveries were from the Home Based Care and Isolation while 124 were from various health centres; health officials classify all cases older than two weeks as recovered

At the same time, 21 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours; 9 were deaths that occurred on diverse dates within the last month while 12 were late deaths reported after facility record audits.

To date, 2,540 people have died after contracting COVID-19 in the country, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

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