Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 8.3pc, 349 new cases recorded


A medical worker takes a sample for COVID-19 during a community testing, as authorities race ...
A medical worker takes a sample for COVID-19 during a community testing, as authorities race to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Abuja, Nigeria April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A total of 441 days since the first COVID-19 case was announced in Kenya, 171,084 positive cases have been recorded.

The Ministry of Health in a statement to the Press on Tuesday, said 349 new cases and a positivity rate of 8.3 percent were recorded in the past one day.

So far, Kenya has tested 1,815,766 cumulative tests.

According to the statement, 327 of the new patients are Kenyans while 22 are foreigners;196 are males and 153 females.

The youngest is a seven-day-old infant while the oldest is 90 years.

Distribution of positive cases by age is as follows: 0-9 years (25), 10-19 years (26), 20-29 years (69), 30-39 (83) 40-49 (51) 50-59 (32) 60 years and above (63).

“A total of 1,257 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,704 patients are under the Home Based Isolation and Care Program, 92 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 21 of whom are on ventilatory support and 54 on supplemental oxygen. 17 patients are under observation,” the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Another 90 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 84 of them in general wards and 6 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

In terms of County distribution; Nairobi 80, Kisumu 67, Siaya 37, Mombasa 35, Kilifi 19, Nyamira 14, Kericho 14, Kiambu 12, Makueni 10, Kisii 9, Garissa 9, Busia 7, Uasin Gishu 5, West Pokot 5, Kitui 4, Nakuru 3, Kajiado 3, Homa Bay 2, Kakamega 2, Kirinyaga 2, Narok 2, Trans Nzola 2, Laikipia 1, Machakos 1, Migori 1, Nandi 1, Nyeri 1 and Embu 1.

At the same time, the Health Ministry announced 176 new recoveries;144 from the Home-based care and isolation and 32 from various hospitals across the country.

Total recoveries now stand at 117,023 of whom 85,040 are from the Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 31,983 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease has hit 3,188 following 16 new deaths reported on Tuesday.

According to the statement,all the deaths were late death reports from facility record audits conducted on diverse dates in the months of April and May

The age distribution of new deaths is as follows; 0-9 years (0), 10-19 years (0), 20-29 (1), 30 39 years (0), 40-49 years (2), 50-59 years (5), 60 years and above (8).

Cumulative deaths by age; 0-9 years (54), 10-19 years (21), 20-29 (109), 30-39 years (258), 40-49 years (401), 50-59 years (666), 60 years and above (1,679).

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