COVID-19: Gov’t assures of vigilance to prevent Omicron variant as 95 cases recorded

COVID-19: Gov’t assures of vigilance to prevent Omicron variant as 95 cases recorded

File image of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past address. PHOTO / COURTESY

  • The ministry on Friday revealed that 95 people tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The total confirmed positive cases now stand at 255,355.
  • Of the cases, 88 are Kenyans while seven are foreigners.

The Ministry of Health has noted that the government remains vigilant at all Points of Entry (POE) in Kenya to ensure the COVID-19 Omicron variant is kept at bay.

While citing the directives set aside on November 26, 2021, the ministry said; ”All passengers (only persons aged 18 years and above) arriving into the country from the affected countries must show physical proof of vaccination.”

The ministry however explained that effective December 21, 2021, the directive will apply to all visitors (including children) and all Kenyans travelling outside the country as well.

“All inbound travelers into the country must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR taken 96 hours before arrival into the country,” read the statement.

The ministry on Friday revealed that 95 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 4,799 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 2.0%.

The total confirmed positive cases now stand at 255,355 while cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,848,757.

Of the cases, 88 are Kenyans while seven are foreigners; 54 are males and 41 are females, while the youngest is one year old and the oldest is 89 years.

The cases were distributed across various counties namely; Nairobi 60, Kericho 6, Uasin Gishu 4, Baringo 3, Kakamega 3, Kiambu 3, Kirinyaga 2, Meru 2, Murang’a 2, Narok 2, Bomet 1, Isiolo 1, Kajiado 1, Kitui 1, Kwale 1, Nakuru 1, Nyandarua 1 and West Pokot 1.

The ministry said 22 patients recovered from the disease, with 13 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 9 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 248,398.

No death was reported and thus the cumulative fatalities still stand at 5,335.

 “A total of 170 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 815 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” read the statement by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

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

The CS added: “Another 55 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 7,417,276 vaccines had been administered across the country as of December 2, 2021.

Of these, 4,539,928 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 2,877,348. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 57.2%.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 10.6%.