BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH MAY 2021-Kenya confirmed 376 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the national total to 166,382, according to the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.
The positivity rate, which tracks the percentage of people tested for COVID-19 who are found to be infected, was 9.1 percent of the 4, 153 samples tested in the country.
Since the pandemic was declared, 1,756,846 samples have been tested.
The new infections include 363 Kenyans and 13 foreigners, with 214 males and 162 females.
According to the press release, the youngest patient is a two-day-old baby, and the oldest is 100 years old.
A total of 1,074 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities across the country, while 4,626 patients are enlisted in the Home Based Isolation and Care Program.
There are 107 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with 21 on ventilatory support and 69 on supplemental oxygen. 17 patients are under observation.
Another 93 patients are receiving supplemental oxygen, with 89 in general wards and four in High Dependency Units (HDU).
Across the country, the cases are distributed as follows: Nairobi 86, Migori 49, Kisumu 64, Kisii 26, Siaya 19, Kericho and Nakuru 19 cases each, Homa Bay 18, Kilifi and Kitui 9 cases each, Kajiado, Mombasa and Vihiga 7 cases each, Meru 6, Garissa 4, Kakamega, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Machakos and Nyeri 3 cases each, Bomet and Bungoma 2 cases each, Busia, Isiolo, Mandera, Nandi, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Tana River and West Pokot 1 case each.
Meanwhile, 318 patients have recovered from the disease, with 48 having received Home Based and Isolation Care and 70 receiving care at various health facilities across the country.
Total recoveries now total 117,235, with 83,054 from the Home Based Care and Isolation program and 31,181 from other health facilities.
Fourteen deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours, with seven of them occurring on different dates within the last month and seven being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits within the last month.
This brings the total number of fatalities to 3,035.
New deaths by age; 0-9 years (0), 10-19 years (1), 20-29 (1), 30-39 years (0), 40-49 years (0), 50-59 years (4), 60 years and above (8).
Cumulative deaths by age; 0-9 years (54), 10-19 years (21), 20-29 (106), 30-39 years (250), 40-49 years (385), 50-59 years (643), 60 years and above (1,576).
Across the country, 945,597 people have been immunized against the COVID-19 disease.
“Of these 287,215 are aged 58 years and above, Health workers 163,167, Teachers 148,353, Security Officers 79,948 while Others are 266,914.” The Health Ministry said on Wednesday.