Kenya’s Covid positivity rate at 8pc after 705 new cases


Kenya recorded 705 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday from a sample size of 8,853 tested in the last 24 hours bringing the positivity to 8.0% per cent.

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The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 162,098 from a cumulative test of 1,701,385 conducted since March.

Of the new cases, 687 are Kenyans while 18 are foreigners with 404 being male while 301 are female.

The youngest is a one-month-old infant while the oldest is 100 years old.

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711 patients have recovered from the disease, 412 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 299 have been discharged from various hospitals.

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Total recoveries now stand at 110,480 of whom 80,186 are from Home Based Care and Isolation while 30,294 are from various health facilities.

25 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, one having occurred in the last 24 hours, 14 on diverse dates within the last one month and 10 being late death reports from facility record audits.

This now brings the cumulative number of fatalities in the country to 2,850.

New deaths by age; 0-9 years (1), 10-19 years (0), 20-29 (0), 30-39 years (1), 40-49 years (1), 50-59 years (4), 60 years and above (18).

Cumulative deaths by age; 0-9 years (54), 10-19 years (20), 20-29 (103), 30-39 years (239), 40-49 years (370), 50-59 years (614), 60 years and above (1,450).

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1,086 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,831 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

According to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, 131 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 28 of whom are on ventilatory support and 83 on supplemental oxygen. 20 patients are on observation.

Another 117 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 109 of them in general wards and 8 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

In terms of County distribution; Nairobi 150, Mombasa 88, Kisumu 58, Busia 50, Kericho 46, Uasin Gishu 31, Taita Taveta and Bungoma 23 cases each, Tharaka Nithi and Trans Nzoia 20 cases each, Nyeri 18, Kiambu 17, Makueni 13, Machakos 12, Nakuru 10, Nandi 11, Kirinyaga and Murang’a 9 cases each, Bomet, Kajiado, Kilifi and Kitui 8 cases each, Mandera, Kakamega, Nyandarua, Kisii and Homa bay 6 cases each, Nyamira 5, Meru and Garissa 4 cases each, Embu, Siaya and West Pokot 3 cases each, Elgeyo Mrakwet, Kwale, Narok, Vihiga and Baringo 2 cases each, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit 1 case each.

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So far Kenya has vaccinated a total of 906,746 persons against the COVID-19 disease.

Out of the 900,459 persons, 278,642 are aged 58 years and above, health workers account for 159,982, Teachers 141,571, security officers 76,077 while 249,973 belong to the others category.

 

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