BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,20TH AUG 2021-The COVID-19 transmission rate in Kenya remains high with 1,414 more people testing positive to the virus from a sample size of 10,235 tested in the last 24 hours marking a positivity rate of 13.8%.
The Ministry of Health, in a statement issued on Friday, said the total confirmed positive cases are now 227,077 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,297,678.
Nairobi County continues to lead in the number of infections having recorded 419 cases in the last 24 hours followed by Kiambu at 203, Nakuru 90, Machakos 68, Kitui 63, Murang’a 53, Uasin Gishu 40, Nyandarua 34, Kajiado 33, Garissa 31, Kilifi 30, Meru 28, Embu 26, Mombasa 25, Makueni 21, and Kirinyaga 20.
The other cases are distributed as follows: Tana River 19, Marsabit 19, Migori 17, Laikipia 17, Kisii 16, Nyeri 16, Nandi 15, Baringo 14, Bungoma 14, Lamu 12, Busia 9, Mandera 9, Narok 9, Kakamega 9, Siaya 6, Kisumu 7, Homa Bay 5, Turkana 4, Kericho 4, Vihiga 3, West Pokot 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Samburu 1, Tharaka Nithi 1 and Trans Nzoia 1.
At the same time, 31 patients are reported to have succumbed to the disease, one of them in the last 24 hours while 30 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in July and August 2021. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 4,435.
Meanwhile, 1,670 patients have recovered from the disease with 1,484 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 186 are from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries now stand at 209,839 of whom 168,968 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 40,871 are from various health facilities.
According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 2,066 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 9,323 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.
Some 167 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 75 of whom are on ventilatory support and 92 on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.
“Another 792 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 734 of them in general wards and 58 in High Dependency Units (HDU),” added the Ministry.
On the ongoing vaccination exercise, the Health Ministry says the daily vaccination rate has now increased from an average of 40,000 vaccinations last week to 60,000 as of August 19.
A total of 2,290,801 vaccines have so far been administered across the country. Of these, total first doses are 1,517,734 while second doses are 773,067.
“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 50.9% with the majority being males at 55% while females are at 45%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.8%,” said the Ministry.