Kenya records 444 new COVID19 cases as Positivity rate hits  5.9%

Kenya records 444 new COVID19 cases as Positivity rate hits 5.9%

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,17TH SEPT 2021-The Ministry of Health has reported 444 new cases of coronavirus from a sample size of 7,511 tested in the last 24 hours. Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement on Friday that the country’s positivity rate is at 5.9 per cent.

The CS said that from the cases, 430 are Kenyans while 14 are foreigners. 242 are males and 202 are foreigners.

The youngest patient is a three-week-old infant while the oldest is 90.

This brings the total confirmed positive cases to 245,781140 and the cumulative tests conducted to 2,486,331.

Also, 700 people have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 236,169.

Kagwe said that four more patients have also succumbed to the virus, pushing the number of fatalities to 4,965.

A total of 1,472 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities in the country, while 3,309 are under the Home-Based isolation and Care Programme.

Further, 119 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 86 of whom are on ventilatory support and 27 on supplementary oxygen. Six patients are under observation.

Another 543 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 505 of them in general wards and 38 in the High Dependency Unit.

Distribution

Nairobi recorded 138 cases, Nakuru 36, Meru34, Kiambu 28, Uasin Gishu 27, Nyandarua 22, Embu 16,Makueni 11, Kirinyaga 10, Tharaka Nithi 10, Machakos 9, Kajiado9, Kitui 8, Murang’a 8, Nyeri 8, Baringo 7, Kericho 6, ElgeyoMarakwet 6, Garissa 6, Marsabit 5, Kakamega 4, Kisii 4, Wajir 4,Laikipia 4, Nandi 4, Narok 3, Kisumu 3, Isiolo 3, Siaya 2, Mombasa2, and West Pokot 1, Kilifi 1 Mandera 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Nyamira 1,Homa Bay 1 and Busia 1.

Vaccination

As of September 16, 2021, a total of 3,290,450 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, total first doses are 2,439,528 while second doses are 850,922.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 35 per cent with the majority being males at (55%) while females are at (45%).

Also, the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 3.1 per cent.

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