Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 4.7pc, 162 new cases recorded


Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 4.7pc, 162 new cases recorded
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the press on the state of COVID-19 on March 17, 2021. PHOTO / COURTESY / MOH

The Ministry of Health announced a 4.7 percent COVID-19 positivity rate on Sunday, following 162 new infections tested from 3,452 samples in the last 24 hours.

In a statement sent to the Press, the Ministry said the total number of infections tested so far 170,647 while the total number of samples hit 1,809,890.

The new infections comprise 152 Kenyans and 10 foreigners; 116 are male while 46 are females.

The youngest patient is a 17-year-old while the oldest is 70 years.

A total of 1,225 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,724 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

93 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 20 of whom are on ventilatory support and 56 on supplemental oxygen. 17 patients are on observation.

Another 85 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 79 of them in general wards and 6 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

Across thre country, the new infections are spread out as follows: In terms of County distribution; Nairobi 55, Busia 32, Homa Bay 10, Kilifi 10, Mombasa 10, Klambu 8, Kisii 5, Meru 4, Kisumu 3, Migori 3, Nakuru 3, Nyeri 3, Uasin Gishu 3, Kitui 2, Kwale 2, Machakos 2, urkana 2, Makueni 1, Tharaka Nithi 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Kajiado 1 and Kirinyaga 1.

In the meantime, 643 patients have recovered from the disease, with 406 from home-based and isolation care and 237 receiving care at various health facilities across the country.

Total recoveries have totaled 116,776, with 84,832 from the Home Based Care and Isolation program and 31,944 from other health facilities.

16 deaths have also been confirmed on diverse dates between April and May after facility record audits.

The total number of deaths is now estimated to be 3,157.

New death reports by age: 0-9 years (0), 10-19 years (0), 20-29 (2), 30-39 years (0), 40-49 years (1), 50-59 years (3), 60 years and above (10).

Cumulative deaths by age; 0-9 years (54), 10-19 years (21), 20-29 (108), 30-39 years (257), 40-49 years (398), 50-59 years (660), 60 years and above (1,659).

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