Kenya records 943 new COVID19 cases as positivity rate now hits 16.3%

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,16TH DEC,2021-The COVID-19 positivity rate in Kenya has for the third consecutive day exceeded the 10 per cent mark raising concern about the resurgence of infections in the country.

The positivity rate on Thursday hit a high of 16.3 per cent after 943 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 5,787 tested in the last 24 hours. On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the positivity rate was 11.5 per cent and 10.6 per cent respectively.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Ministry of Health said the total confirmed positive cases are now 258,557 while cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,908,081.

Of the 943 new cases, 875 are Kenyans while 68 are foreigners; 501 are males and 442 are females, while the youngest is a four-month-old child and the oldest is 92 years.

The cases were distributed across various counties as follows: Nairobi 585, Kiambu 120, Nakuru 56, Kajiado 25, Kisumu 13, Kericho 12, Mombasa 11, Kakamega 10, Nyeri 10, Laikipia 9, Busia 9, Embu 8, Siaya 7, Machakos 7, Kirinyaga 7, Meru 6, Migori 6, Baringo 5, Murang’a 5, Uasin Gishu 4, Garissa 3, Kwale 3, Marsabit 3, Narok 3, Kisii 3, Kitui 2, Kilifi 2, West Pokot 2, Homa Bay 1, Nyandarua 1, Turkana 1, Vihiga 1, Wajir 1, Bomet and Bungoma 1.

The ministry also said 145 patients recovered from the disease, out of which 111 were from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 34 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 249,154.

No death was recorded in the last 24 hours hence the cumulative fatalities still stand at 5,350.

“A total of 177 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1986 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” said Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.

“Nine patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 3 of them are on ventilatory support. 9 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 3 of them being on ventilatory support while 6 are on supplemental oxygen.”

Kagwe added: “A total of 41 patients are on supplemental oxygen with 40 of them being in the general wards. One patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

The CS further stated that a total of 8,515,984 vaccines had been administered across the country as of December 15, 2021.

Of these, 5,101,374 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 3,414,610. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 56.9%.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 12.5%. The government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.

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