Kenya records 3,749 new COVID19 cases as positivity rate climb to 32.7%

Kenya records 3,749 new COVID19 cases as positivity rate climb to 32.7%

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,25TH DEC,2021-The Ministry of Health on Saturday announced that 3,749 people contracted COVID-19 from a sample size of 11,460 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now at 32.7%, with total confirmed positive cases rising to 281,358 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,987,255.

From the cases, 3,415 are Kenyans while 334 are foreigners; 2,010 are females and 1,739 are males, while the youngest is an eight-month-old child and the oldest is 92 years.

The cases were distributed across various counties, namely; Nairobi 1,668, Nakuru 237, Kiambu 203, Nyeri 146, Uasin Gishu 132, Mombasa 130, Migori 98, Kirinyaga 98, Siaya 96, Busia 91, Murang’a 83, Nyandarua 78, Kisumu 67, Tharaka Nithi 55, Bungoma 50, Kakamega 48, Machakos 45, Kitui 39, Kajiado 33, Baringo 31, Narok 30, Kilifi 29, Embu 28, Vihiga 27, Meru 21, Noma Bay 20, Trans Nzoia 20, Kwale 18, Taita Taveta 18, West Pokot 17, Laikipia 16, Turkana 15, Makueni 14, Kericho 9, Kisii 7, Marsabit 7, Bomet 6, Elgeyo Marakwet 5, Nyamira 4, Garissa 3, Lamu 3, Nandi 3 and Isiolo 1.

The ministry noted that 243 patients recovered from the coronavirus; 186 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 57 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 249,937.

However, two patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,359.

“A total of 703 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 15,302 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 17 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 10 of them on ventilatory support while 7 are on supplemental oxygen,” said Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.

“Another 135 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 130 of them are in the general wards. Five patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

CS Kagwe also stated that a total of 9,534,806 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of December 24, 2021.

Of these, 5,618,295 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 3,916,511. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 55.8%.

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