Kenya Records 18 New Cases; Positivity Rate Now At 0.4 Percent

Kenya Records 18 New Cases; Positivity Rate Now At 0.4 Percent

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,18TH MARCH 2022-The Ministry of Health on Friday announced that 18 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 4,801 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 0.4%.

From the cases, 16 are Kenyans while two are foreigners; 9 are males while 9 are females. The youngest is one- year old and the oldest is 67 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 323,255 while cumulative tests so far conducted are at 3,461,926.

The cases were distributed across the country as follows; Nairobi led with 6, Kiambu, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu had 2 cases each while Embu, Kisii, Kwale, Makueni, Mandera and Turkana recorded 1 case each.

The Ministry also said 19 patients are admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 124 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program and one patient is on ventilatory support at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“Another 4 patients are on supplemental oxygen and all of them are in the general wards. No patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU),” Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement.

Meanwhile, 19 patients have recovered from the disease, all of them from Home-Based and Isolation Care. This pushes the total recoveries to 317,546.

CS Kagwe further noted that no deaths were reported, therefore cumulative fatalities still stand at 5,647.

On the vaccination exercise, CS Kagwe announced that 17,278,552 vaccines had been administered across the country as of March 17th 2022.

Of these, he said, 7,949,911 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 7,906,540.

Another 1,154,110 are doses administered to those between 15 to 17 years while 267,991 are booster doses.

“The total number of vaccines administered in the last 24 hours is 24,116 while the total number of people fully vaccinated in the last 24 hours is 13,260,” stated the CS.

“Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 29.0%. The government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.”

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