Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 2% after 117 cases, 5 deaths recorded
The Ministry of Health on Wednesday said 117 people have contracted COVID-19 from a sample size of 6,004 tested in the last 24 hours.
The positivity rate is now at 2.0%, with total confirmed positive cases rising to 252,308 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,654,013.
From the cases, 110 are Kenyans while 7 are foreigners; 63 are males and 54 are females, while the youngest is a four-month-old child and the oldest is 91 years.
The cases were distributed across counties as follows; Nairobi 18, Kericho 9, Nakuru 8, Mombasa 7, Nyandarua 7, Bomet 7, Bungoma 7, Siaya 5, Baringo 5, Makueni 5, Kiambu 4, Kisii 4, Kisumu 4, Tharaka Nithi 4, Narok 3, Laikipia 3, Embu 3, Kitui 2, Marsabit 2, Turkana 2, Uasin Gishu 2, Machakos 1, Kilifi 1, Garissa 1, Homa Bay 1, Kajiado 1 and Kakamega 1.
The ministry said 209 patients recovered from the coronavirus disease, with 116 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 93 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 245,786.
However, 5 patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in August, September and October 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,238.
“A total of 528 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,493 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” read the statement by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.
“32 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 18 of whom are on ventilatory support and 14 on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.”
The statement added: “Another 167 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 166 being in the general wards. One patient is in the High Dependency Units (HDU).”
CS Kagwe said a total of 4,674,897 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of October 19th 2021. Of these, 3,379,842 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 1,295,055.