Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate at 2.2% after 109 new cases recorded

Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate at 2.2% after 109 new cases recorded

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  • From the cases, 91 are Kenyans while 18 are foreigners.
  • 85 are males and 23 are females, while the youngest is five years and the oldest is 91 years.
  • The total confirmed positive cases now stand at 255,088.

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced that 109 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 4,994 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 2.2%.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the ministry said the total confirmed positive cases now stand at 255,088 while cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,835,065.

From the cases, 91 are Kenyans while 18 are foreigners; 85 are males and 23 are females, while the youngest is five years and the oldest is 91 years.

The cases were distributed across various counties namely; Trans Nzoia 64, Nairobi 16, Turkana 7, Kakamega 6, Uasin Gishu 3, Mandera 2, Mombasa 2, Kericho 2, Busia 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Garissa 1, Kajiado 1, Kisumu 1, Machakos 1 and Taita Taveta 1.

The ministry said 10 patients recovered from the disease, with 5 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 5 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 248,318.

One person succumbed to the disease pushing the cumulative fatalities to 5,335.

“A total of 169 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 818 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” read the statement by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

“Seven patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), six of whom are on ventilatory support and one on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.”

The CS added: “Another 50 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with all of them in the general wards. No patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

Kagwe also said a total of 7,063,927 vaccines had been administered across the country as of November 29, 2021.

Of these, 4,354,454 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 2,709,473. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 57.0%.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 9.9%.