Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 6% after 402 new cases, 10 deaths recorded


Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate at 6% after 402 new cases, 10 deaths recorded
Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe speaks at Mbagathi Hospital during the launch of an isolation centre for coronavirus, in Nairobi, Kenya March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

In Summary

  • The positivity rate is now at 6.0%, with total confirmed positive cases rising to 247,358 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,514,478.
  • From the cases, 393 are Kenyans while 9 are foreigners.
  • 206 are males and 196 are females, while the youngest is a one-year-old child and the oldest is 101 years.

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced that 402 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 6,715 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now at 6.0%, with total confirmed positive cases rising to 247,358 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,514,478.

From the cases, 393 are Kenyans while 9 are foreigners; 206 are males and 196 are females, while the youngest is a one-year-old child and the oldest is 101 years.

The cases were recorded across various counties namely; Nairobi 84, Makueni 57, Nakuru 28, Kiambu 22, Kericho 19, Kakamega 17, Taita Taveta 17, Murang’a 13, Machakos 10, Garissa 10, Kisii 10, Kajiado 10, Bomet 9, Mandera 9, Meru 9, Kitui 8, Kirinyaga 8, Uasin Gishu 7, Laikipia 7, Nyeri 6, Marsabit 6, Embu 5, Kilifi 5, Mombasa 5, Narok 4, Hama Bay 4, Nyandarua 3, Tharaka Nithi 2, West Pokot 2, Lamu 1, Siaya 1, Nandi 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Vihiga 1 and Bungoma 1.

The ministry stated that 259 patients recovered from the disease; with 182 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 77 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 238,707.

However, 10 patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in August and September 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,018.

“A total of 1,306 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 2,857 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 94 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 66 of whom are on ventilatory support and 21 on supplemental oxygen,” read the statement to newsrooms.

“7 patients are under observation. Another 403 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 385 of them in general wards and 18 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

A total of 3,461,056 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of September 21, 2021. Of these, total first doses were 2,589,741 while second doses were 871,315.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 33.6%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 3.2%.

The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is as follows: Others 279,727; Aged 58 years and above 250,128; Health Workers 140,072; Teachers 127,894; while Security Officers are at 73,494.

“The government is working towards vaccinating targeted population of 27,246,033. A total of 2,589,741 persons have so far been vaccinated for the first dose,” added the statement signed by CS Mutahi Kagwe.

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