BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,18TH OCT,2021-The Ministry of Health on Monday announced that 33 people contracted COVID-19 from a sample size of 3,530 tested in the last 24 hours.
The positivity rate is now at 0.9%, with total confirmed positive cases rising to 252,066 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,642,637.
From the cases, 28 are Kenyans while 5 are foreigners; 17 are males and 16 are females, while the youngest is a two-month-old child and the oldest is 98 years.
The cases were distributed across various counties: Nairobi 7, Machakos 4, Mombasa 4, Baringo 2, Kericho 2, Kiambu 2, Murang’a 2, Turkana 2, Bomet 1, Busia 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Kitui 1, Makueni 1, Nakuru 1, Narok 1 and Garissa 1.
The ministry said 93 patients recovered from the disease, with 77 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 16 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 245,347.
One patient, however, succumbed to the disease, being a late death reported after conducting facility audit records in October 2021. This pushes the country’s cumulative fatalities to 5,224.
“A total of 587 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,531 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” read the statement signed by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
“30 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 19 of whom are on ventilatory support and 11 on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.”
The CS added: “Another 173 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with all of them being in the General wards. No patient is in the High Dependency Units (HDU).”
CS Kagwe further noted that a total of 4,520,753 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of October 17, 2021. Of these, he said, 3,303,782 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 1,216,971.
“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 35.3%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 4.5%. The Government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033,” he added.