Kenya on Wednesday reported 410 new COVID-19 cases as the country’s positivity rate climbed to 10.8 per cent.
In an announcement to media houses, the Ministry of Health CAS, Dr Rashid Aman, announced that the 410 cases came from 3,799 tests. The new figures take the national tally of confirmed COVID-19 infections to 164,386.
Recoveries and deaths
Recoveries, meanwhile, rose by 67, taking the total figures to 113,124. Of the day’s recovery, 57 came from various health facilities while ten were from the home-based isolation care program. In total, 82,213 recoveries have been from the Home Based isolation and care program, while the remaining 30,911 came from health facilities.
On a sombre note, the number of deaths continues to remain high, with a further 22 patients reported dying, taking Kenya’s fatalities to 2,950.
Cases by counties
Nairobi led with 76 cases, Kericho has 51, Meru 40 and Kisumu had 36. Mombasa, meanwhile, had 27, Uasin Gishu 25, Kisii 19, Migori 18 and Kilifi had 8.
Furthermore, the Ministry confirmed that there were 149 patients admitted to various health facilities across the country. A further 4,823 were on the home-based care and isolation program.
Meanwhile, the number of those in intensive care continues to drop again, with 119 people in ICU, 22 of whom have been put on ventilatory support. There were 74 other patients on supplemental oxygen, while another 23 were under observation.
A further 91 patients were on separate supplemental oxygen, with 86 in the general wards and five in the High Dependency Units (HDU).
On the other hand, the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Kenya has risen to 925,000.
Variant from India update
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has also confirmed that there is no community spread of the COVID-19 variant from India. Health Director-General, Dr. Patrick Amoth, said that they had done genome sequencing, which did not find any community-level transmission of the variant.
The B.1.617 from India was confirmed in Kenya last week in five Indian nationals. The variant, termed by WHO as one ‘of concern’, is easily transmissible and is driving the wild infections in India.