194 people test positive for COVID19 as 21 succumb,Kenya’s positivity rate now at 10.9%

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,26TH APRIL,2021-Kenya has recorded 194 new COVID-19 cases from a sample size of 1,779 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 10.9%. This now pushes the total number of confirmed positive cases to 156,981.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Ministry of Health also announced that 21 deaths had been reported in the last 24 hours with one having occurred in the last 24 hours and 20 on diverse dates within the last one month. The cumulative fatalities now stand at 2,643.

The 194 new cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 115, Kiambu 12, Uasin Gishu 11, Kajiado 9, Embu 8, Kitui 8, Kericho 7, Machakos 6, Trans Nzoia and Nakuru 3 cases each, Nandi, Homa Bay and Kilifi 2 cases each, Kisii, Murang’a, Narok, West Pokot, Kakamega and Bomet 1 case each.

At the same time, 248 patients have recovered from the disease; 218 are from Home Based and Isolation Care while 30 are from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries now stand at 106,836 out of which 77,822 are from Home Based Care and Isolation while 29,014 are from various health facilities.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 1,417 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 6,959 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

Currently, there are 205 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 42 of whom are on ventilatory support and 133 on supplemental oxygen. 30 patients are on observation.

“Another 176 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 163 of them in general wards and 13 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

On the ongoing vaccination exercise, as of April 26 a total of 826,617 persons had been vaccinated countrywide, out of which 477,754 are aged 58 years and above.

“Nairobi leads the five top counties that have the highest number of vaccinated persons at 256,282 followed by Nakuru with 54,022, Kiambu 44,876, Uasin Gishu 40,040 and Nyeri with 31,251. The Counties with lowest numbers of persons vaccinated to date are: Wajir 2,014, Garissa 1,983, Isiolo 1,438, Tana River 732, Lamu 592 and Marsabit 546,” said the Ministry

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