Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate up to 37.6 percent, as 1,596 test positive

Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate up to 37.6 percent, as 1,596 test positive

A file photo of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past presser.

  • From the cases 1,454 are Kenyans while 142 are foreigners.
  • Total confirmed positive cases now stand at 284,150 with 2,994,912 cumulative tests conducted so far.

COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the country with 1,596 people testing positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 4,242 tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the positivity rate to 37.6 percent.

From the cases 1,454 are Kenyans while 142 are foreigners. Total confirmed positive cases now stand at 284,150 with 2,994,912 cumulative tests conducted so far, according to the Health Ministry. 

The cases are distributed as follows in terms of Counties: Nairobi 683, Siaya 213, Murang’a 133, Uasin Gishu 75, Kajiado 73, Kakamega 62, Kiambu 55, Nakuru 53, Migori 48, Kitui 38, Kericho 33, Nyeri 26, Kwale 19, Laikipia 14, Homa Bay 14, Kirinyaga 13, Embu 13, Marsabit 9, Turkana 6, Machakos 5, Meru 5, Kisii 4 and Makueni 2.

Sadly, three patients succumbed to the disease all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of December 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,364.

330 patients have similarly recovered from the disease. Out of these, 196 are from various health facilities countrywide while 134 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. Total recoveries now stand at 250,326.  201,604 of these have been recorded in the Home-Based Care and Isolation program while 48,722 are from various health facilities.

“A total of 708 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 19,315 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 31 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 17 on ventilatory support and 14 are on supplemental oxygen,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement.

Vaccination

As of December 26, 2021, 9,579,456 vaccines had so far been administered across the country. Of these, 5,639,933 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 3,939,523. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 55.7 percent according to the Ministry.

32.8 percent of Nairobi’s population is fully vaccinated according to the Ministry, making it the County with the highest number of inoculated persons.  Nyeri, Laikipia, Kiambu, and Taita Taveta, round up the top five with a 30, 23.5, 21.6 and 17.6 percentage share respectively.  

The CS similarly urged Kenyans to remain vigilant against COVID-19 while asking restaurant and public places owners not to admit persons who have not been vaccinated.

"For you to go out to public places, please GET VACCINATED. All Public and Private Vaccination Centers remain open until late during this festive period," he added.

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