Kenya records 515 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate now at 6.5pc

Kenya records 515 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate now at 6.5pc

Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate was 6.5 percent on Saturday, from the 515 new infections tested from 7,981 samples in the last one day. 

In a statement to the press, the Health Ministry said the total number of confirmed positive in Kenya had risen to 246,296 and the total number of samples tested to 2,494,312. 

“From the cases 488 are Kenyans while 27 are foreigners. 279 males while 236 are females, the Ministry said on Saturday, adding “The youngest is a four-month-old infant while the oldest is 102 year,”

Nairobi led with the most new infections, reporting 97 cases, Nyeri reported 57 while Baringo and Nakuru reported 37 and 34 new infections respectively. 

In the rest of the country, the new infections are distributed as follows: isii 31, Kiambu 30, Uasin Gishu 28, Meru 23, Machakos 14, Nyandarua 13, Trans Nzoia 13, Kajiado 11, Wajir 11, Embu 10, Lamu 9, Mombasa 9, Tharaka Nithi 8, Turkana 8, Isiolo 7, Bungoma 7, Murang’a 6, Kirinyaga 5, Laikipia 5, Garissa 5, Elgeyo Marakwet 4, Kericho 4, Siaya 4, Taita Taveta 3, Kakamega 3, Busia 3, Homa Bay 2, Bomet 2, Migori 2, Narok 2, Kisumu 2, West Pokot 2, Kilifi 1, Kitui 1, Kwale 1 and Makueni 1.

A total of 1,444 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 3,259 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Careprogram. 

“114 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 83 of whom are on ventilatory support and 25 on supplemental oxygen. 6 patients are under observation.,” the Health Ministry added 

Another 513 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 474 of them in general wards and 39 in High Dependency Units (HDU). 

Meanwhile, the total of recoveries so far rose to 236,803 after 634 patients recovered in the last one day. 

According to data from the Health Ministry, 540 of the recoveries were from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 94 are  from various health facilities countrywide. 

At the same time, 15 new fatalities were reported on Saturday. 

One of them, according to the statement, was in the last 24 hours while while 14 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in August and September 2021. 

“This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 4,980.,” the Ministry added.