COVID-19: Kenya’s Positivity Rate At 6.8 percent

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Vaccination at Mathari hospital onlooking is visiting Minister for Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Vicky Ford to the Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital.She was accompanied by Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced that 392 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 5,730 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 6.8%.

Of these cases, 335 are Kenyans while 57 are foreigners; 221 are males and 181 are females. The youngest is an eleven-month-old child while the oldest is 102 years.

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Total confirmed positive cases are now 318,249 while cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,157,009.

The cases were distributed across various counties as follows: Nairobi 176,Siaya 34,Nyamira 27,Laikipia 26,Mombasa 22,Nakuru 16,Kilifi 14 and Uasin Gishu 11

Other counties include Kisumu 7,Makueni 7,Kakamega 7,West Pokot 6,Kajiado 5,Muranga 5,Garissa 4,Isiolo 3,Kiambu 3,Homa Bay 2,Kirinyaga 2,Kisii 2,Bomet 2,Marsabit 2,Migori 1,Nandi 1,Narok 1,Nyeri 1,Tharaka Nithi 1,Busia 1,Kwale 1,Machakos 1 and Baringo 1

“Today 856 patients recovered from the disease; 773 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 83 are from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries now stand at 286,483 of whom 235,118 are from Home Based care and Isolation program, while 51,365 are from various facilities countrywide,” Mutahi Kagwe said.

Five patients succumbed to the disease. All of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of December 2021 and January 2022. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,504.

The health cabinet secretary said that 983 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 9,132 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

“42 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 40 of them on ventilatory support while two of them are on supplemental oxygen. Another 217 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 213 of them are in the general wards. 4 patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).” He stated.

 A total of 11,174,610 vaccines have been administered across the country as of January 17, 2022. . Of these, 6,226,417 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,822,088.

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