Siaya, Kisumu lead in new COVID-19 infections as 660 cases, 6 deaths recorded countrywide


Siaya, Kisumu lead in new COVID-19 infections as 660 cases, 6 deaths recorded countrywide
A coronavirus disease patient holds up his hand inside the COVID-19 ICU of Machakos Level 5 Hospital, in Machakos, Kenya October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Counties in the Lake Basin region led by Siaya and Kisumu are once again leading in the number of COVID-19 infections recorded in the last 24 hours with the government now forced to review the containment measures in the area.

The Ministry of Health, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the country had recorded 660 new cases from a sample size of 6,176 tested in the last 24 hours, this marking a nationwide positivity rate of 10.7%. This now pushes the total confirmed cases to 177,282 with the cumulative tests so far conducted being 1,887,636.

In terms of County distribution, Siaya County leads with 123 cases followed by Kisumu 102, Nairobi 78, Busia 68, Homa Bay 49, Mombasa 39, Kilifi 19, Nyamira 18, Kakamega 17, Nakuru 13, Bungoma 13, Nyandarua 12, Bomet 12, Kisii 11, Meru 11, Uasin Gishu 11, Trans Nzoia 9, Vihiga 7, Migori 6, Garissa 5, Turkana 5, Baringo 4, Embu 4, Kiambu 3, Kitui 3, Murang’a 3, Kirinyaga 2, Laikipia 2, Mandera 2, Marsabit 2, Nandi 2, Narok 1, Kwale 1, Nyeri 1, West Pokot 1 and Kajiado 1.

At the same time six patients are reported to have succumbed to the disease with one of them having occurred in the last 24 hours, while the other five are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits. The cumulative fatalities now move to 3,434.

The Ministry further announced that 812 patients have recovered from the disease, 519 from various health facilities countrywide while 293 are from the Home Based and Isolation Care program.

“Total recoveries now stand at 122,018 of whom 88,479 are from Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 33,539 are from various health facilities,” reads the statement.

A total of 1,059 patients are said to be currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,812 patients are under Home Based Isolation and Care program.

According to the Ministry, 89 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 25 of whom are on ventilatory support and 51 on supplemental oxygen. Thirteen patients are under observation.

“Another 114 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 109 of them in general wards and 5 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said MoH.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise, as of Thursday,  a total of 1,164,161 vaccines had been administered across the country, out of which 992,418 are first doses while second doses are 171,743.

“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 17.3% with the majority being females at 56.4% while males are at 43.6% Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is less than 1%,” said the Ministry.

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