COVID-19: Kenya records 223 new cases, 11 deaths; positivity rate now at 6.5%

COVID-19: Kenya records 223 new cases, 11 deaths; positivity rate now at 6.5%

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  • Of the cases, 176 are Kenyans while 47 are foreigners; 118 are males and 105 are females. The youngest is a two-month-old child while the oldest is 104 years.

The Ministry of Health on Monday announced that 223 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 3,456 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 6.5%.

Of the cases, 176 are Kenyans while 47 are foreigners; 118 are males and 105 are females. The youngest is a two-month-old child while the oldest is 104 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 317,857 while cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,151,2.

The cases were distributed across various counties as follows: Nairobi 133, Nyeri 21, Nakuru 9, Kericho 7, Mandera 7, Nyamira 6, Kiambu 5, Kitui 5, Nyandarua 5, Kakamega 3, Laikipia 3, Migori 3, Siaya 3, Kirinyaga 2, Machakos 2, Meru 2, Mombasa 2, Embu 1, Kwale 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Turkana 1 and Uasin Gishu 1.

The Ministry said 900 patients recovered from the disease; 759 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 141 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 285,627.

Eleven 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 September 2021 and January 2022. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,499.

“A total of 991 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 9,905 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” noted Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.

“42 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 40 of them on ventilatory support while two of them are on supplemental oxygen. Another 226 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 221 of them are in the general wards. 5 patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

The CS said a total of 11,096,104 vaccines have been administered across the country as of January 17, 2022. . Of these, 6,204,659 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,770,760.

Kagwe further added that the proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 17.5%. The government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.

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