BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,7TH OCT 2021-The Ministry of Health announced 218 new COVID-19 infections, from a sample size of 5,350 tested in the last one day on Thursday .
In a statement to the media, the MoH said the new infections, with a positivity rate of 3.4 percent, push the total of confirmed positive cases to 250, 728 and the total number of samples tested to 2,592,610.
“From the cases 208 are Kenyans while 10 are foreigners. 135 males while 83 are females.” the Ministry of Health said.
“The youngest is a two-year-old child while the oldest is 101 years,”
Nairobi reported the most new infections, with 44 cases, followed by Kakamega with 19 and Kericho with 16.
In the rest of the country, the new infections are distributed as follows: Nakuru 16, Migori 13, Uasin Gishu 13, Kisii 11, Turkana 10, Marsabit 9, Kiambu 6, Embu 5, Garissa 5, West Pokot 5, Isiolo 4, Tharaka Nithi 4, Busia 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 3, Laikipia 3, Machakos 3, Makueni 3, Murang’a 3, Kitui 2, Meru 2, Mombasa 2, Nyandarua 2, Nyeri 2, Bungoma 2, Kilifi 2, Bomet 1, Homa Bay 1, Kajiado 1, Kirinyaga 1, Kisumu 1 and Siaya 1.
A total of 850 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,891 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 50 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 34 of whom are on ventilatory support and 16 on supplemental oxygen.
No patient is under observation.
Another 282 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 274 of them in general wards and 8 in High Dependency Units (HDU).
Meanwhile, 51 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally of recoveries in the country so far to 243,337.
“21 were from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 30 are from various health facilities countrywide,” the MoH said.
At the same time, three new deaths were reported on Thursday; one in the last one day and two late death reports discovered after facility record audits in September and October 2021.
“This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,178,” the MoH added.
Kenya has vaccinated over 4 million persons as of October 7, close to its target of vaccinating 5.8 million by October 20, and 10 million by December.
Kenya plans to vaccinate a targeted population of 27,246,033.