Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 7.7pc, 50 more recoveries


Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 7.7pc, 50 more recoveries
A healthcare worker conducts a COVID-19 test. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate was 7.7 per cent from the 494 new infections tested from 6,428 samples on Thursday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

The latest infections bring the total number of confirmed cases to 166,876 and the number of samples examined to 1,763,274 so far.

There are 481 Kenyans and 13 foreigners in the latest cases, with 332 men and 162 women.

The youngest patient is a one-year-old infant, while the oldest is 100 years old, according to the press statement.

There are currently 1,085 patients in different health facilities throughout the country, with 4,624 patients admitted in the Home Based Isolation and Care program.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has 109 patients, 20 of whom are on ventilatory support and 67 on supplemental oxygen.

There are 22 patients who are being monitored.

Another 86 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 81 of them in general wards and 5 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

Across the country, the cases are distributed as follows:airobi 110, Nakuru 80, Kisumu 62, Kericho 29, Siaya 25, Meru 21, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu and Busia 16 cases each, Migori 15, Kilifi and Mombasa 10 cases each, Machakos 8, Bomet, Makueni, Kiambu and Nandi 7 cases each, Murang’a and Homa Bay 5 cases each, Kakamega, Nyamira and Kirinyaga 4 cases each, Laikipia, Mandera, Kisii and Nyeri 3 cases each, Bungoma and Embu 2 cases each, Kitui, Kwale, Narok, Nyandarua, Taita Taveta, Vihiga, Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, and Kajiado 1 case each.

Meanwhile, 50 patients have recovered from the disease, with 27 having received Home Based and Isolation Care and 23 receiving care at various health facilities across the country.

There have been 114,285 total recoveries, including 83,081 from the Home Based Care and Isolation program and 31,204 from other health facilities.

Five deaths have also been confirmed in the last 24 hours, two of which occurred within the last 24 hours and three of which were discovered after facility record audits within the last month.

The estimated number of deaths now stands at 3,040.

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