Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 3.5% after 72 new cases recorded; 10 dead

Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 3.5% after 72 new cases recorded; 10 dead

The Ministry of Health on Monday announced that 72 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 2,056 tested in the last 24 hours.

This brings down the positivity rate to 3.5 per cent, with the total confirmed positive cases rising to 165,537.

From the cases, 63 are Kenyans and 9 are foreigners; 45 are males and 27 females, while the youngest is a one-year-old baby and the oldest is 84 years.

The cases were distributed across various counties namely: Nairobi 28, Mombasa 22, Busia 9, Kilifi 3, Embu and Homa Bay 2 cases each, Kwale, Laikipia, Machakos, Nakuru, Nyeri and Kiambu 1 case each.

The 28 cases in Nairobi are from Lang’ata (4), Dagoretti North, Kibra and Starehe (3) cases each, Kamukunji and Makadara (2) cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East, Embakasi North, Embakasi South, Embakasi West, Kasarani, Mathare, Roysambu, Ruaraka and Westlands (1) case each.

In Mombasa, the 22 cases are from Mvita (13), Nyali (5), Kisauni (3) and Jomvu (1). In Busia, the 9 cases are from Teso North (7) and Matayos (2).

In Kilifi, the 3 cases are from Malindi. In Embu, the 2 cases are from Manyatta and Mbeere North (1) case each, while in Homa Bay the 2 cases are from Hama Bay Town and Karachuonyo (1) case each.

The case in Kwale is from Kinango, the case in Laikipia is from Laikipia East, the case in Machakos is from Athi River, the case in Nakuru is from Nakuru East, the case in Nyeri is from Tetu and the case in Kiambu is from Kikuyu.

The distribution of positive cases by age is as follows; 0-9 years (3), 10-19 years (3), 20-29 years (8), 30-39 years (15), 40-49 years (20), 50-59 years (13), 60 and above (10).

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, noted that 262 people recovered from the disease; 235 from Home Based and Isolation Care, while 27 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 113,874; of whom 82,777 are from Home Based Care and Isolation, while 31,097 are from various health facilities countrywide.

CS Kagwe however also stated that 10 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours; 3 of them having occurred on diverse dates within the last one month while 7 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits within the last one month. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,013.

“A total of 1,036 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,729 patients are under the Home Based Isolation and Care Program. 108 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 23 of whom are on ventilatory support and 70 on supplemental oxygen,” read the statement.

“15 patients are under observation. Another 84 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 79 of them in general wards and 5 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

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