Experts back to drawing board after spike in positivity rate

Kenya’s overall COVID-19 positivity rate jumped to 6.1 per cent despite a steady drop in the number of positive cases that have been witnessed in Kenya since last month.

Acting Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth expressed concern over the spike recorded Sunday which he said had taken the Ministry of health officials back to the drawing board.

The country recorded 188 new coronavirus infections on Sunday with Mombasa county recording the highest number of cases at 43, Turkana 29, Trans Nzoia 27 and Nairobi 23.

“Yesterday the positivity rate was 6.1pc…what is important is that we will not look at these parameters alone. The number of patients in our health facilities, the resilience of the healthcare system, number of critical care cases which has continued to decrease will inform the positivity rate” he told journalists during the daily COVID-19 press briefing at Afya house.

Positivity test is an indicator of the prevalence of Covid-19 infection in the community. Positivity rate reflects the proportion of people who test positive among those who are tested.

486 patients are admitted to various health facilities and 1,681 others under home-based care. 22 people in critical care, 15 on ventilator support and seven on supplementary oxygen.

On Monday a low of 48 new infections was registered, the lowest ever in recent times.

Dr. Amoth said that while the curve has been on the downward trajectory, strict adherence to the containment measures ought to be maintained.

“The old and vulnerable people with underlying conditions must avoid all forms of gatherings. If we have to curtail the spread of the virus, we must take personal responsibilities for our actions”, advised health ministry.


Distribution of Monday cases by Counties is as follows; Mombasa 20, Nairobi 15, Tharaka Nithi 4, Kiambu 2, Kilifi 2, Meru 2, Machakos 1, Wajir 1 and Homabay 1.

The 20 cases in Mombasa, are from Jomvu (8), Mvita (7), Changamwe (4), and Likoni (1),

In Nairobi, the 15 cases are from Westlands (3), Embakasi East and Langata (2) cases each, Dagoretti North, Dagoretti South, Embakasi South, Embakasi West, Kibra, Makadara, Ruaraka and Starehe (1) case each.

In Tharaka Nithi, all the 4 cases are from Chuka. In Kiambu, the 2 cases are from Kiambu Town and Limuru (1) case each, the 2 cases in Kilifi, are from Ganze and Kilifi North (1) case each, while the 2 cases in Meru, are from Imentj North and Imenti South (1) case each.

The case in Machakos, is from Athi River, the case in Wajir, is from Wajir East, and the case in Homabay, is from Homabay Town.

Second lockdown

The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded a record one-day rise in the number of new coronavirus infections, with 307,930 reported over 24 hours.

The agency said that deaths rose by more than 5,500, bringing the global total to 917,417.

The biggest increases in infections were reported in India, the US and Brazil.

Israel has approved a second general lockdown as coronavirus cases surge across the country.





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