Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 12.5% as 591 new cases, 24 deaths recorded

Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate at 12.5% as 591 new cases, 24 deaths recorded
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a public address on July 22, 2021. PHOTO / PSCU

The Ministry of Health on Monday announced that 591 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 4,737 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now 12.5%, with total confirmed positive cases at 204,271 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,142,309.

From the cases, 575 are Kenyans while 16 are foreigners; 316 males and 275 are females, while the youngest is a 10-month-old baby and the oldest is 87 years.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, said 561 patients recovered from COVID-19 with 469 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 92 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 189,692.

CS Kagwe however noted that 24 patients succumbed to the coronavirus, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in May, June and July 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,970.

The cases were distributed across various counties namely; Nairobi 422, Mombasa 34, Kiambu 19, Uasin Gishu 17, Garissa 14, Murang’a 10, Kirinyaga 9, Nyeri 9, Busia 7, Narok 6, Kajiado 4, Laikipia 4, Machakos 4, Kakamega 4, Baringo 3, Mandera 3, Embu 3, Nakuru 3, Nyandarua 3, Siaya 2, Kisii 2, Homa Bay 1, Kericho 1, Kilifi 1, Kitui 1, Meru 1, Nandi 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Trans Nzoia 1 and West Pokot 1.

CS Kagwe said a total of 1,483 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,021 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

“189 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 45 of whom are on ventilatory support and 93 on supplemental oxygen. 51 patients are under observation,” read the statement.

“Another 461 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 419 of them in general wards and 42 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

The CS said 1,726,937 vaccines have so far been administered across the country, out of which total first doses are 1,064,500 while second doses are 662,437.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 62.2% with the majority being males at 55% while females are at 45%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.4%.

The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is as follows: Aged 58 years and above 204,789; Others 193,107; Health Workers 115,647; Teachers 96,026; and Security Officers 52,868.

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