Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 13pc, 945 new cases reported

Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 13pc, 945 new cases reported
FILE PHOTO: A health worker sprays disinfectant to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate was 13 percent on Friday, with the Ministry of Health urging strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols amid warnings of the more virulent delta variant.

The positivity rate was from the 945 new infections tested from 7,295 samples which were announced in a statement to the press.

“From the cases 910 are Kenyans while 35 are foreigners.” The Ministry of Health said “481 are males while 464 are females.”

The youngest patient is an eleven-month-old baby while the oldest is 100 years.

The total number of confirmed positive cases so far has hit 201,954 while the total number of samples tested so far is 2,124,274.

Across the country, the new infections are distributed as follows: Nairobi 416, Mombasa 73, Kiambu 72, Kilifi 52, Nakuru 43, Kajiado 33, Uasin Gishu 29, Makueni 28, Machakos 26, Murang’a 25, Kitui 13, Busia 12, Baringo 12, Kericho 12, Kirinyaga 11, Migori 11, Lamu 9, Siaya 8, Garissa 8, Homa Bay 7, Kisumu 5, Nyandarua 5, Trans Nzoia 5, Narok 4, Nyeri 3, Kisii 3, Kakamega 3, West Pokot 3, Marsabit 2, Bungoma 2, Taita Taveta 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Kwale 1, Laikipia 1, Mandera 1, Meru 1, Vihiga 1, Bomet 1 and Isiolo 1

216 patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, with 152 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 64 are from various health facilities countrywide.

There are some 1,432 patients currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 3,975 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

At the same time, 175 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 41 of whom are on ventilatory support and 82 on supplemental oxgen. 52 patients are under observation.

“Another 446 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 400 of them in general wards and 46 in High Dependency Units (HDU).” the Health Ministry said.

At the same time, the total number of deaths from the disease has risen to 3,926 following the report of 16 new deaths on Friday.

According to the Health Ministry, all the deaths are are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the months of March, April, June and July 2021.

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