Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity now at 15.3% as 1,412 test positive


Kenya's COVID-19 positivity now at 15.3% as 1,412 test positive
Ministry of Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi addressing the media on November 24, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the country  has hit 134,058 after 1,412 people tested positive from a sample size of 9,219 between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Speaking during a COVID-19 briefing at the Afya House on Wednesday, Health Ministry CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said that 98% of the new infections are local transmissions.

The new infections point at 15.3% positivity rate withDr Mwangangi saying the rate of infection across the country continues to be a cause for alarm.

Meanwhile, Nairobi County is still leading with the number of infections followed by Mombasa, Kiambu and Kajiado.

Across the counry, the cases are distributed as follows: Nairobi 651, Nakuru 142, Mombasa 90, Kiambu 64, Turkana 54, Machakos 42, Uasin Gishu 42, Kilifi 34, Kakamega 29, Kisumu 26, Kajiado 26, Busia 23, Kisii 23, Kitui 20, Nandi 19, Murang’a 16, Makueni 16, Trans Nzoia 13, Kericho 13, Nyeri 11, Siaya 11, Vihiga 7, Laikipia 7, Marsabit 6, West Pokot 6, Kwale 4, Garissa 4, Mandera 2, Nyandarua 2, Taita Taveta 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Baringo 1, Bungoma 1, Homa Bay 1, Kirinyaga 1 and Lamu 1.

The MoH has also announced 389 new recoveries in the last 24 hours and 6 new fatalities which push the total number of deaths and recoveries to 2,153 and 92,679 respectively.

On the status of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout across the country, Dr. Mwangangi confirmed that 67, 605 Health Care Workers and 11, 500 security workers have so far received their first dose.

So far, 161, 771 people have been vaccinated in the country with the Ministry of Health appealing to health care workers, security officers to get their vaccines immediately.

The Ministry also appealed to Kenyans who do not fit the criteria for the first phase of inoculation to wait for their turn.

2.5 million Kenyans are now targetted for vaccination after the Ministry reviewed the number upwards from the initial 1.25 million.

 

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