COVID spike in Kisumu persists as Kenya confirms 341 new cases


Kisumu county has continued to lead in daily infections even as Kenya confirmed a further 341 new COVID-19 cases.

In what is fast becoming a trend, Kisumu reported the highest number of today’s cases, continuing a trend that started on May 18th, the first time the county passed Nairobi in daily infections.

Deaths, recoveries and vaccination

The 341 new cases came from a sample size of 3,646, which put today’s positivity rate at 9.4 per cent. The figure raised Kenya’s total infection cases to 169,697.

Additionally, there were 144 new recoveries, which raised the country’s recovery figures to 115,988. Deaths continue to remain high, however, with the country reporting another eleven new fatalities. This takes the country’s fatality figures to 3,108.

Vaccination, meanwhile, crossed 963,000.

Cases by counties

In county cases, Kisumu reported 57 of today’s cases, with Nairobi coming in second with 48. Siaya, a neighbouring county to Kisumu, came in third with 36 cases, while Mombasa and Kericho were fourth with 22 cases.

Kirinyaga had 19 new COVID cases, Homa Bay had 14, Nyamira 12, while Kilifi, Bungoma and Nandi each reported nine new cases. Migori, Kiambu and Kisii each reported eight cases, while Nakuru had seven while Uasin Gishu and Meru reported six cases each.

Kakamega, Murang’a and Nyeri each had five, while Bomet, Vihiga, Wajir and Trans Nzoia each reported four. Tharaka Nithi had three, while Machakos reported two cases. Turkana, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kitui and Tana River each reported one new COVID case each.

New variants spreading in Kenya

The current variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been causing concern in the country, and the Ministry confirmed this. Indeed, during the briefing, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that genome surveillance had found community transmission of the new variants.

“Ongoing genomic surveillance has revealed early and established community transmission of both variants of concern from the UK and India in Kisumu, Mombasa and Kilifi Counties,” Kagwe said.

However, he revealed that existing vaccines were effective against some of these new variants. He also confirmed that they would begin the second dosage of COVID-19 vaccination on Friday, May 28th.

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