COVID-19: Kenya's positivity rate at 8.9% after 624 new cases, 8 deaths recorded

COVID-19: Kenya's positivity rate at 8.9% after 624 new cases, 8 deaths recorded

  • Of the cases, 560 are Kenyans while 64 are foreigners.
  • 330 are males and 294 are females, while the youngest is a four-month-old child and the oldest is 97 years.
  • Total confirmed positive cases are now 317,324 while cumulative tests so far conducted are at 3,143,862.

The Ministry of Health on Saturday announced that 624 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 7,045 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 8.9 per cent.

Of the cases, 560 are Kenyans while 64 are foreigners; 330 are males and 294 are females, while the youngest is a four-month-old child and the oldest is 97 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 317,324 while cumulative tests so far conducted are at 3,143,862.

The cases were distributed across various counties as follows: Nairobi 216, Siaya 64, Nakuru 48, Kiambu 34, Mombasa 29, Nyeri 27, Bungoma 18, Meru 18, Uasin Gishu 13, Busia 12, Kilifi 12, Nyamira 10, Kajiado 9, Murang’a 9, Nyandarua 9, Isiolo 7, Kakamega 7, Makueni 7, Marsabit 7, Kericho 6, Kirinyaga 6, Kisumu 6 and Turkana 6.

More cases were recorded in; Laikipia 4, West Pokot 4, Baringo 3, Kitui 3, Machakos 3, Nandi 3, Tharaka Nithi 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Garissa 2, Homa Bay 2, Kisii 2, Kwale 2, Samburu 2, Bomet 1, Embu 1, Lamu 1, Migori 1, Narok 1 and Vihiga 1.

The ministry said 1,144 patients have recovered from the disease; 929 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 215 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 281,343.

Six patients are reported to have succumbed to the coronavirus disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of January 2022. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,488.

“A total of 1,059 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 13,993 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.

“43 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 41 of them on ventilatory support while four of them are on supplemental oxygen. Another 220 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 215 of them are in the general wards. 5 patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

The CS said a total of 11,067,257 vaccines had been administered across the country as of January 14, 2022. Of these, 6,193,498 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,756,375.

Kagwe further added that another 28,951 are doses administered to those between 15 to 18 years while 88,433 are booster doses.

“The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 17.5%. The government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033,” he said.

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