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COVID situation in counties dire as Kenya confirms 1,153 new COVID cases

Kenyan counties are witnessing a rise in COVID-19 infections as the Ministry of Health confirmed 1,153 new COVID-19 cases.

In the press conference today, Health CAS, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, said that the new cases came from a sample size of 9,316. That puts the country’s positivity rate at 12.4 %. The figure raises Kenya’s COVID-19 cases to 156,318.

Deaths and recoveries

Sadly, a further 20 patients were confirmed dead, with one reported over the past 24 hours. Five have come from different dates, while 14 were late reports from health facility records audit. That raises Kenya’s total fatalities from the virus to 2,603.

Recoveries, meanwhile, continued the wide fluctuation, with 191 new recoveries reported. Of these, 109 came from the home-based care program. A further 82 were from the various health facilities across the country. That raises Kenya’s recoveries to 106,284.


Meanwhile, ICU admissions were at 210. Of these, 49 were on ventilator support, with a further 130 being on supplementary oxygen. The other 31 were under observation.

Additionally, 163 patients were separately on supplementary oxygen. Of these, 151 were in general wards, while 12 were in the High dependency units. These patients are those who have difficulty in breathing but are not severely ill.

Infections rising in counties

Speaking during the press briefing, Dr. Mwangangi said that the COVID-19 situation was getting dire. Mwangangi noted that some counties had reported constraints in their health facility.

“We’ve had engagements with CoG (Councils of Governors), where different county governments have reported increased admissions. Some county governments have constraints in facilities.”

She was responding to a query on the county situation, which saw the CoG call for a nationwide lockdown.

Second dose concerns

On the vaccination, Dr. Mwangangi, said that Kenya was number seven on the COVID vaccination leaderboard worldwide. She, however, said they did not have a date for when they could get more doses for the second dosage.

“Right now, we don’t have a date of when we expect the second vaccine consignment,” she said, “We are discussing with the COVAX facility to ensure we get the doses within the 12 weeks.”

She said the challenge of the second dose was in all countries.

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