Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 7.4% after 431 people test positive; 10 dead


FILE PHOTO: A nurse uses a syringe to give an injection to a COVID-19 patient ...
FILE PHOTO: A nurse uses a syringe to give an injection to a COVID-19 patient inside a field hospital built on a soccer stadium in Machakos, in Kenya on July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced that 431 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 5,846 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now 7.4%, taking the total confirmed coronavirus infections in the country to 169,356.

From the cases, 410 are Kenyans while 21 are foreigners; 248 are males and 183 females, while the youngest is a four-month-old baby and the oldest is 90 years.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also revealed that 31 patients recovered from the disease; 23 from the Home Based and Isolation Care Program, while 8 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide, taking the total recoveries to 115,844.

CS Kagwe however also noted that 10 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, all of them being late deaths reported from facility record audits conducted within the last one month. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,097.

The new cases were distributed across various counties namely: Nairobi 111, Kisumu 67, Siaya 55, Mombasa 38, Migori 20, Kericho 15, Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu 13 cases each, Nakuru 12, Kiambu 11, Kisii and Kajiado 9 cases each, Busia and Homa Bay 8 cases each, Marsabit 7, Nandi 4, Machakos, Meru, Murang’a, Kakamega and Kitui and Taita Taveta 3 cases each, Barnet, Bungoma, Garissa, Kirinyaga and Laikipia 2 cases each, Nyandarua, Tharaka Nithi and Kilifi 1 case each.

The 111 cases in Nairobi are from Starehe (23), Westlands (13), Kasarani (12), Dagoretti North (11), Embakasi East (9), Embakasi North and Kamukunji (5) cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi Central, Embakasi West, Mathare, Roysambu and Ruaraka (4) cases each, Embakasi South (3), Kibra, Langata and Makadara (2) cases each.

In Kisumu, the 67 cases are from Kisumu Central (31), Seme (12), Kisumu West (10), Kisumu East (8), Muhoroni and Nyakach (3) cases each.

In Siaya, the 55 cases are from Alego-Usonga and Rarieda (26) cases each, Bondo (2) and Gem (1). In Mombasa, the 38 cases are from Jomvu (15), Mvita (11), Nyali (5), Kisauni (4), Likoni (3).

“A total of 1,103 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,713 patients are under the Home Based Isolation and Care program,” stated CS Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.

“113 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 24 of whom are on ventilatory support and 65 on supplemental oxygen. 24 patients are under observation. Another 98 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 91 of them in general wards and 7 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

He further added that a total of 960,379 persons have so far been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease countrywide.

Of these: 291,259 are aged 58 years and above; others 272,247; health workers 164,588; teachers 151,127; while security officers are 81,158.

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