COVID-19: Kenya records 44 new cases, 2 deaths; positivity rate now at 1.0pc

COVID-19: Kenya records 44 new cases, 2 deaths; positivity rate now at 1.0pc

  • Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the 44 are from a sample size of 4,238 tested in the last 24 hours. 
  • Nairobi County is leading with 16.3% of its population fully vaccinated. It is followed by Nyeri county (14.0%) and Kiambu (8.3%).
  • Kenya's positivity rate is now at 1.0 percent.

The Ministry of Health has recorded 44 new Covid-19 cases, from 4,238 samples tested in the last one day across the country. 

According to a Ministry of Health statement sent to the press on Sunday, the new infections, which push the tally of confirmed positive cases to 252,672, posted a positivity rate of 1.0 percent. 

"From the cases all the 44 are Kenyans. 25 males while 19 are females," the Health Ministry said on Sunday. 

"The youngest is a one-year-old child while the oldest is 84 years." 

Nyamira leads with the highest count of new infections, posting 11 cases, followed by Nairobi with 9 cases and Isiolo with 6. 

In the rest of the country, the new infections are distributed as follows: Nakuru 6, Uasin Gishu 3, Kakamega 2, Siaya 2, Tharaka Nithi 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Kisii 1 and Meru 1.

A total of 496 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,365 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

27 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 12 of whom are on ventilatory support and 15 on supplemental oxygen. 

Another 164 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 156 of them in the general wards. 8 patients are in the High Dependency Units (HDU).

The government has, at the same time, recorded  247 new recoveries;  200 of which were from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 47 are from various health facilities countrywide.  

This brings the total Covid-19 recoveries to 246,274, with 198,948 of these coming from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program and 47,326 are from various health facilities countrywide. 

At the same, the Health Ministry announced that two more patients had succumbed to the disease, pushing Kenya's cumulative death toll to 5,257.

"All of them were late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of September 2021," the Ministry added.

Vaccination

On the vaccination front, the ministry has confirmed that Nairobi County is leading with 16.3% of its population fully vaccinated. It is followed by Nyeri county (14.0%) and Kiambu (8.3%). 

Lamu, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, and Marsabit counties have recorded the least vaccination turnover, with less than 1% of their populations fully vaccinated. 

Kenya which hopes to vaccinate at least 10 million adults by December, had administered 4,930, 336 vaccines by  October 23. 

Of these, 3,504,400 were  partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 1,425,936

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 5.2%.