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Kenya confirms 444 new COVID cases as positivity rate rises

Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate has risen to 8.9 % as the country confirmed 444 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the cases came from a sample size of 4,989, raising the cumulative tests done to 1,806,438. The total number of infections, meanwhile, rose to 170,485.

Recoveries and deaths

On the recovery path, 115 patients were discharged after fully recovering from the virus. Of these, 76 came from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while a further 39 came from the various health facilities. That raises the total recoveries in the country to 116,133, meaning Kenya’s recovery rate is at 68.12%.

However, deaths continue to remain in the double-figure, with 17 more deaths reported. Of these, two came in the last 24 hours, with 15 being late reports conducted from facility record audits. That raises Kenya’s fatalities to 3,141, a fatality rate of 1.84%.

Cases by counties

In county distribution, Nairobi led today again, reporting 54 of the day’s cases. Siaya continues to cause concern, as it came in second for the second day running, reporting 53 new cases. Busia was third with 47, Kisumu 43, Kisii 41 and Kakamega had 31.

Kericho, meanwhile, had 24 new COVID cases, Mombasa 21, Bungoma 16, Homa Bay 13, while Kilifi, Nyamira and Kitui each reported nine new cases. Nakuru and Migori each had seven, while Baringo, Bomet, Murang’a, and Trans Nzoia each reported five COVID cases.

Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Machakos, and Nyeri each reported four cases. Nandi had three, while Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Meru, West Pokot and Narok reported two cases each. Nyandarua, Laikipia and Makueni each then reported one new case.

Hospital admissions and vaccination

Additionally, the Ministry confirmed that there were 1,171 COVID-19 patients in various health facilities in the country. Another 4,682 were under the Home-Based Care and Isolation Program. In ICU, there were 104 patients, with 21 on ventilator support and 58 being on supplementary oxygen. The remaining 25 were under observation.

On vaccination, the Ministry has vaccinated 968,733 people from COVID-19, with most of them being people above the age of 58 (293, 240).

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