Kenya records  156 new COVID19 cases as  positivity rate now stand at 3.5pc

Kenya records 156 new COVID19 cases as positivity rate now stand at 3.5pc

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIRTOBI,16TH OCT 2021-The Ministry of Health announced 156 new infections on Saturday, from a sample size of 4,408 tested in the last one day. 

In a statement to the press, the MoH said the new infections, with a positivity rate of 3.5 percent, push the total of confirmed positive cases to 251,959 and the total of samples tested to 2,635, 120. 

“From the cases 154 are Kenyans while 2 are foreigners. 91 males while 65 are females,” the Health Ministry said on Saturday. 

“The youngest is an eight-month-old child while the oldest is 87 years.”

Across the country, the new infections are distributed as follows: Nakuru 39, Meru 23, Nairobi 20, Kakamega 9, Kericho 8, West Pokot 6, Kiambu 5, Garissa 4, Bungoma 4, Baringo 3, Kajiado 3, Tharaka Nithi 3, Turkana 3, Nandi 3, Busia 2, Kirinyaga 2, Kitui 2, Mombasa 2, Muranga 2, Siaya 2, Tana River 2, Vihiga 1, Kwale 1, Lamu 1, Marsabit 1, Migori 1, Taita Taveta 1, Homa Bay 1, Nyandarua 1 and Isiolo 1.

A total of 596 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,582 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 

“31 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 18 of whom are on ventilatory support and 13 on supplemental oxygen,” the Health Ministry added. 

“Another 180 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 177 of them in general wards and 3 in High Dependency Units (HDU).” 

Meanwhile, 101 patients have recovered from the disease in the last one day, pushing the total of recoveries so far to 245,178.

At the same time, 5 patients have succumbed to the disease, pushing the death toll to 5,215.

“All of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility audit reports in the month of October 2021,” the Health Ministry said. 

Vaccination

A total of 4,482,179 vaccines had been administered across the country as of October 15.

According to data from the Health Ministry, 3,280,011 were the first dose while those fully vaccinated were 1,202,168.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 35. 1 percent . Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 4.4 percent. 

Nairobi County is the highest with 31.6 percent of its population receiving the first dose while Marsabit County is the least with 1.4 percent. 

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