Kenya records 1,596 new COVID19 cases as positivity rate now hits 37.6%

Kenya records 1,596 new COVID19 cases as positivity rate now hits 37.6%

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,27TH DEC 2021-The Ministry of Health has announced 1,596 new cases of coronavirus from a sample size of 4,242 tested in the last 24 hours.

The country’s positivity rate is at 37.6 per cent.

In a statement on Monday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said from the cases 1,454 are Kenyans while 142 are foreigners, and that a total of 879 patients are females and 717 are males.

The youngest patient is an eight-month-old child while the oldest is 91 years.

This brings the total confirmed positive cases to 284,150 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,994,912.

The CS has urged Kenyans to remain cautious and vigilant during the festive season, as the country is still in the midst of a pandemic.

“I would like to urge Kenyans, not to engage in mass parties, but if they have to, do it outdoors and observe the Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines and protocols,” Kagwe said.

Distribution of cases

Nairobi has 683 cases, Siaya 213, Murang’a 133, Uasin Gishu 75, Kajiado 73, Kakamega 62, Kiambu 55,

Nakuru 53, Migori 48, Kitui 38, Kericho 33, Nyeri 26, Kwale 19, Laikipia 14, Homa Bay 14, Kirinyaga 13, Embu 13, Marsabit 9, Turkana 6, Machakos 5, Meru 5, Kisii 4 and Makueni 2.

The ministry said that 330 patients have recovered from the disease, 196 are from various health facilities countrywide while 134 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Total recoveries now stand at 250,326 of whom 201,604 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 48,722 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Three patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing the number of fatalities to 5,364.

A total of 708 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 19,315 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 31 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 17 of them on ventilatory support while 14 are on supplemental oxygen.

Another 160 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 151 of them are in the general wards. Nine patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

vaccination campaign

As of December 26, 2021, a total of 9,579,456 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, 5,639,933 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 3,939,523.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 55.7 per cent.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 14.5 per cent.

Facebook Comments Box