BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI, 26TH SEPT,2021-The Ministry of Health on Sunday announced that 69 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 1,414 tested in the last 24 hours.
The positivity rate is now at 4.9%, with total confirmed infections rising to 248,461 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,534,881.
From the cases, all of them are Kenyans; 35 are females and 34 are males, while the youngest is a 14-year-old youth and the oldest is 89 years.
The cases were distributed across various counties namely; Nairobi 24, Meru 12, Nakuru 4, Murang’a 3, Makueni 3, Taita Taveta 3, Kakamega 2, Mombasa 2, Kiambu 2, Nyeri 2, Uasin Gishu 2, Isiolo 2, West Pokot 1, Baringo 1, Embu 1, Turkana 1, Kajiado 1, Garissa 1, Homa Bay 1 and Machakos 1.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also stated that 505 patients recovered from the coronavirus; 466 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 39 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 240,235.
CS Kagwe however noted that 6 patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in September 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,102.
“A total of 1,209 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 2,633 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 87 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 49 of whom are on ventilatory support and 38 on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation,” said the CS in a statement.
“Another 387 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 368 of them in general wards and 19 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”
The CS also stated that a total of 3,613,357 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of September 25, 2021. Of these, total first doses were 2,724,742 while second doses were 888,615.
The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 32.6%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 3.3%.
The uptake of the second dose by priority groups is as follows: Others 290,064; Aged 58 years and above 254,010; Health Workers 141,163; Teachers 128,704; Security Officers are at 74,674.
CS Kagwe said the government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033. A total of 2,724,742 persons have been vaccinated for the first dose.
On the other hand, for the second dose a total of 888,615 persons have so far been fully vaccinated out of the targeted 27,246,033 for this phase.