BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,15TH AUG,2021-The Ministry of Health has confirmed 789 new cases of coronavirus from a sample size of 5,498 tested in the last 24 hours.
In a statement on Sunday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that from the cases, 758 are Kenyans while 31 are foreigners, and 431 are males while 358 are females.
The CS said the positivity rate stands at 14.4 per cent.
The youngest is a four-month-old baby while the oldest is 98 years.
Total confirmed positive cases are now 220,727, and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,253,457.
At the same time, the CS said that 1,550 patients have recovered from the disease, out of which 1,426 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 124 are from various health facilities countrywide.
The total recoveries now stand at 203,922.
Kagwe added that 21 patients have succumbed to the virus, all being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits on diverse dates in the months of June, July, and August 2021.
This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 4,340.
A total of 1,971 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 9,672 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.
The CS said 134 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 53 of whom are on ventilatory support and 74 on supplemental oxygen. 7 patients are under observation.
Another 690 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 658 of them in general wards and 32 in High Dependency Units (HDU).
Nairobi leads with 308 cases, Kitui 88, Kiambu 54, Uasin Gishu 50, Nyeri 48, Machakos 39, Kajiado 34, Nakuru 30, Murang’a 25, Marsabit 16, Bungoma 11, Tana River 10, and Nyandarua 10.
Garissa 9, Mombasa 8, Elgeyo Marakwet 5, Kakamega 5, Kericho 5, Nandi 4, Taita Taveta 4, Meru 3, Kwale 3, Kilifi 2, Kisii 2, Makueni 2, Mandera 2, Siaya 2, Trans Nzoia 2, West Pokot 2, Tharaka Nithi 1, Bomet 1, Embu 1, Homa Bay 1, Kirinyaga 1, and Nyamira 1.
By August 14, a total of 2,033,277 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, the total first doses are 1,287,010 while the second doses are 746,267.
The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 58.0 per cent with the majority being males at 55 per cent while females are at 45 per cent.
The proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.7 per cent.