COVID-19: Kenya records 36 new cases, positivity rate at 1.0%

COVID-19: Kenya records 36 new cases, positivity rate at 1.0%

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  • Total confirmed positive cases are now 254,940
  • Of the cases, 33 are Kenyans while three are foreigners; 19 are males and 17 are females.

The Ministry of Health has announced that 36 people have tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 3,495 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 1.0%.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Ministry of Health said the total confirmed positive cases now stand at 254,940 while cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,824,639.

"From the cases, 33 are Kenyans while three are foreigners; 19 are males and 17 are females, while the youngest is a 13-year-old and the oldest is 95 years," reads the statement.

The cases were distributed across various counties namely; Nyamira 9, Nakuru 7, Kericho 4, Nairobi 3, Uasin Gishu 3, Garissa 2, West Pokot 2, Kiambu 1, Kisumu 1, Lamu 1, Mombasa 1, Narok 1 and Trans Nzoia 1.

The ministry said 31 patients recovered from the disease, with 28 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while three were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 248,116.

There was no death reported today and cumulative fatalities still stand at 5,333.

 “A total of 353 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 969 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” read a statement signed by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

“15 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 6 of whom are on ventilatory support and 9 on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.”

The Ministry added: “Another 102 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with all of them in the general wards. No patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

According to the Ministry, a total of 6,915,627 vaccines had been administered across the country as of November 26, 2021.

Of these, 4,267,236 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 2,648,391. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 57.2%.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 9.6%.