Kenya Records 170 New COVID19 Cases, 4 Deaths; Positivity Rate At 4.7%

Kenya Records 170 New COVID19 Cases, 4 Deaths; Positivity Rate At 4.7%

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,24TH JAN,2022-The Ministry of Health on Monday announced that 170 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 3,659 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 4.7%.

Of the cases, 143 are Kenyans while 27 are foreigners; 86 are males and 84 are females. The youngest is a nine-month-old child while the oldest is 118 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 320,399 while cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,189,945.

The cases were distributed across various counties as follows: Nairobi 105, Turkana 12, Uasin Gishu 9, Murang’a 6, Nakuru 5, Mombasa 4, West Pokot 4, Garissa 3, Homa Bay 3, Nyeri 3, Siaya 3.

More cases were recorded in: Kiambu 2, Nyandarua 2, Tharaka Nithi 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Baringo 1, Embu 1, Kakamega 1, Kericho 1, Kisii 1, Kwale 1 and Laikipia 1.

The Ministry said 556 patients recovered from the disease; 506 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 50 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 291,917.

Four are reported to have succumbed to the coronavirus disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of September 2021 and January 2022. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,558.

“A total of 721 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,733 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” noted Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.

“40 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 38 of them on ventilatory support while two of them are on supplemental oxygen. Another 159 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 158 of them are in the general wards. 1 patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

The CS said a total of 11,553,637 vaccines have been administered across the country as of January 23, 2022. Of these, 6,320,249 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 5,081,189.

Kagwe further added that the proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 18.6%. The Government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.

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