Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 5.7% after 111 people test positive, 14 dead

Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate at 5.7% after 111 people test positive, 14 dead
Health workers collect a COVID-19 test sample. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kenya has recorded 111 new COVID-19 new cases from a sample size of 1,948 tested in the last 24 hours marking a positivity rate of 5.7%. This now pushes the total confirmed positive cases to 168,543.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Ministry of Health announced that 14 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, all of them being late deaths reports arising after conducting facility record audits within the last one month.

“This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,073,” said the Ministry.

The 111 new cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 52, Machakos 11, Kisii 9, Siaya 7, Kericho 5, Homa Bay, Mombasa and Kiambu 4 cases each, Mandera 3, Nyeri and Migori 2 cases each, Kisumu, Kwale, Laikipia, Meru, Murang’a, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and Kilifi 1 case each.

At the same time, 142 patients have recovered from the disease, 137 from the Home Based and Isolation Care, while 5 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 114,679 of whom 83,353 are from Home Based Care and Isolation, while 31,326 are from various health facilities.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 1,086 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,770 patients are under the Home Based Isolation and Care program.

Currently there are 121 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 25 of whom are on ventilatory support and 68 on supplemental oxygen. 28 patients are under observation.

“Another 86 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 79 of them in general wards and 7 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” added the Ministry.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise a total of 954,515 persons have so far been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease countrywide.

“Of these 289,900 are aged 58 years and above, Others 269,541, Health Workers 164,053, Teachers 150,303 while Security Officers are 80,718,” added the Ministry.

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