BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,8H SEPT 2021-The Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced that 649 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 7,704 tested in the last 24 hours.
The positivity rate is now at 8.4%, with total confirmed infections rising to 241,783 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,429,337.
From the cases, 639 are Kenyans while 10 are foreigners; 354 are males and 295 are females, while the youngest is a four-month-old infant and the oldest is 116 years.
The cases were distributed across various counties namely; Nairobi 188, Bungoma 57, Nakuru 49, Kiambu 40, Kitui 39, Kericho 30, Embu 25, Garissa 25, Makueni 24, Baringo 20, Murang’a 19, Laikipia 18, Busia 12, Kajiado 11, Nyandarua 10, Mombasa 8, Narok 8, Kilifi 7,Nyeri 7, Machakos 6, Kakamega 6, Uasin Gishu 5, Homa Bay 5, Tharaka Nithi 4, Lamu 4, Elgeyo Marakwet 4, Kisumu 3, Marsabit 3, Meru 3, Mandera 2, Tana River 2, Migori 1, Nandi 1, Nyamira 1, Siaya 1 and Wajir 1.
The ministry also said 333 patients recovered from the disease; 221 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide while 112 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. Total recoveries stand at 230,095.
However, 30 patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in July, August and September 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 4,830.
“A total of 1,790 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,419 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 162 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 120 of whom are on ventilatory support and 38 on supplemental oxygen,” stated Health Cabinet Mutahi Kagwe.
“4 patients are under observation. Another 724 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 669 of them in general wards and 55 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”
CS Kagwe added that a total of 2,934,285 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of September 7, 2021. Of these, total first doses are 2,117,075 while second doses are 817,210.
The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 38.6% with the majority being males at 55% while females are at 45%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 3.0%.
The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is as follows: Aged 58 years and above 242,214; Others 246,369; Health Workers 135,568; Teachers 124,115; while Security Officers are at 68,944.