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Kenya confirms 142 COVID cases as recoveries hit record low

Kenya on Wednesday reported 142 new COVID-19 cases as the positivity rate dropped down to 5.4 percent.

In the day’s COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health confirmed that the 142 positive cases came from 2,650 tested samples. The new cases now bring up Kenya’s positive cases up to 171,226, while cumulative tested samples rise to 1,818,416.

Recoveries hit an all-time low

However, the day saw a record low number of recoveries, with only 16 patients recovering from the virus in the last 24 hours. Of these, nine came from the various health facilities, while seven came from the Home-Based Care program.

This now puts Kenya’s total recoveries up to 117,039 (85,047 came from Home-Based care while 31,992 were from various health facilities).

Deaths also rose, with a further 18 people succumbing to the disease. However, these all were late death reports that came from facility record audits. These audits were conducted on various dates in April and May. That figure pushes Kenya’s confirmed COVID-19 fatalities to 3,206.

Cases by counties

Nairobi, as has become the usual case, led with 38 positive cases. Kisumu joined counties reporting high cases as it came second with 32. Uasin Gishu had 14, Kilifi 12 Nandi seven and Meru had six.

Machakos had four new cases, Bungoma, Kiambu, and Trans Nzoia, each had three cases, while two cases each were reported in Kwale, Laikipia, Mombasa, Nakuru, and Siaya.

Meanwhile, Narok, Murang’a, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kisii, Kitui, Taita Taveta, Homa Bay, Kajiado, Kericho, and Kirinyaga each reported one new COVID-19 case.

Hospital admissions

There were currently 1,251 patients admitted to various health facilities across the country. A further 4,705 were getting treatment on the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Additionally, there were 92 patients in ICU. Of these, 21 were on ventilator support, 54 were on supplemental oxygen, and 17 were under observation. Another 90 patients were on supplemental oxygen, with 84 being in the general wards and six in the High Dependency Unit.

Kenya has now started the second round of the COVID-19 vaccination, called the Covishield dose. over 281 people have so far gotten their vaccination.

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