COVID-19:152 new cases, positivity at 2.8%

The Ministry of Health on Thursday announced that 152 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 5,666 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 2.8 percent.

Of the cases, 131 are Kenyans while 21 are foreigners; 87 are males and 65 are females. The youngest is a one-year-old child while the oldest is 97 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 320,918 while cumulative tests so far conducted are at 3,206,603.

In terms of county distribution, Nairobi is leading with 54 cases, Nakuru 16,Uasin Gishu 14,Mombasa 10,Nyeri 8,Siaya 7,Migori 6,Kiambu 6,Kilifi 6,Kakamega 5,Busia 3,Nandi 3,West Pokot 3,Tharaka Nithi 2,Murang’a 2,Elgeyo Marakwet, Garissa, Homa Bay, Kericho,Meru,Nyandarua and Vihiga 1 case each.

The Ministry said 430 patients recovered from the disease, 348 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program, and 82 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 293,017.

Two patients are reported to have succumbed to the coronavirus disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of January 2022. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,567.

“A total of 569 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,178 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” noted Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.

“21 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), all of them are on ventilatory support.

Another 141 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 140 of them are in the general wards. One patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

The CS said a total of 11,784,132 vaccines have been administered across the country.

Of these, 6,376,995 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 5,241,059.

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