Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 8.7pc,583 new cases recorded


Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate at 8.7pc,583 new cases recorded
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the press on the state of COVID-19 on March 17, 2021. PHOTO / COURTESY / MOH

The Ministry of Health announced an 8.7 percent COVID-19 positivity rate on Wednesday, from the 583 new infections tested from 6,686 samples in the last 24 hours.

From the cases 561 are Kenyans while 22 are foreigners; 316 are males and 267 females.

The youngest is a five-month-old baby while the oldest is 101 years

The total of confirmed positive cases are now 179,876 while the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,913,782.

The new infections are distributed across the country as follows:Kakamega 21, Homa Bay 20, Vihiga 19, Trans Nzoia 17, Laikipia 12, Kilifi 11, Bungoma 11, Makueni 10, Nandi 9, Kajiado 7, Kiambu 7, Bomet 5, Machakos 5, Taita Taveta 5, Kisii 4, Uasin Gishu 4, Kwale 4, Meru 3, West Pokot 3, Garissa 2, Kirinyaga 1, Kitui 1, Migori 1, Nyandarua 1, Nyeri 1, Turkana 1, Isiolo 1 and Baringo 1.

The distribution of positive cases by age is as follows: 0-9 years (16), 10-19 years (27), 20-29 years (89), 30-39 (136) 40-49 (103) 50-59 (100) 60 years and above (112).

Meanwhile, 85 patients have recovered from the disease, 60 from the Home Based and Isolation Care program while 25 are from various health facilities countrywide.

The total recoveries now stand at 123,050 of whom 89,192 are from Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 33,858 are from various health facilities.

At the same time, 23 patients have succumbed to the disease; all of them are late deaths reported after facility audit records in the month of June.

The cumulative fatalities now stand at 3,484.

New deaths are distributed by age as follows: 0-9 years (0), 10-19 years (1), 20-29 (0), 30-39 years (3), 40-49 years (1), 50-59 years (0), 60 years and above (18).

The cumulative deaths are distributed by age as follows: 0-9 years (55), 10-19 years (25), 20- 29 (112), 30-39 years (290), 40-49 years (422), 50-59 years (705), 60 years and above (1,857).

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