Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate hits  2.7% after 130 cases, 25 deaths recorded

Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate hits 2.7% after 130 cases, 25 deaths recorded

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,6TH OCT 2021-The Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced that 130 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 4,869 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now at 2.7%, with total confirmed infections rising to 250,510 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,586,260.

From the cases, 127 are Kenyans while 3 are foreigners; 74 are males and 56 are females, while the youngest is a one-year-old child and the oldest is 99 years.

The cases were distributed across various counties namely; Nairobi 33, Kericho 13, Meru 12, Nakuru 9, Kisii 7, Garissa 6, Kakamega 6, Kiambu 5, Turkana 4, Isiolo 3, Kirinyaga 3, Makueni 3, Migori 3, Kisumu 3, Bungoma 2, Laikipia 2, Machakos 2, Mombasa 2, Murang’a 2, Uasin Gishu 1, Kitui 1, Kwale 1, Nyandarua 1, Marsabit 1, Bomet 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Kajiado 1, Embu 1 and Wajir 1.

The ministry said 222 patients recovered from the coronavirus disease, with 169 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 53 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 243,286.

However, 25 patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in May, June, July, August, September and October 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,175.

“A total of 865 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,906 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” read the statement by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

“56 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 36 of whom are on ventilatory support and 20 on supplemental oxygen.”

The statement added: “No patient is under observation. Another 297 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 284 of them in general wards and 13 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

The CS further stated that a total of 3,990,500 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of October 5, 2021. Of these, 3,022,947 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated stood at 967,553.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 32.0%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 3.6%.

According to CS Kagwe, the government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033, with a total of 967,553 persons so far fully vaccinated for the second dose.

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