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Kenya confirms 904 new COVID cases as positivity rate climbs again

Kenya on Thursday reported 904 new COVID-19 cases as the positivity rate in the country rose once again after days of dropping.

According to the Ministry of Health, the 904 new cases came from 5,673 tested samples, placing Kenyans positivity rate at 15.9 %. The new cases take Kenya’s total COVID-19 infections to 154,392.

The cumulative number of tests the country had done meanwhile rose to 1,624,663.

Recoveries and deaths

Meanwhile, today, there was a sharp drop in recorded recoveries, with only 88 patients reported to have recovered. Of these patients, 76 came from the various health facilities, with the other 12 came from Home Based Care and Isolation Centres.

The new figures pushed the number of recoveries in Kenya to 105,367; 76,979 of these have come from the Home Based Care and Isolation program, while the other 28,388 have come from the various health facilities.

The number of deaths remains high, however, with another 20 patients succumbing to the virus. Seven of these came from different dates within the last month, while 13 came from audits on facility records. The new figure pushes the number of COVID deaths in Kenya to 2,560.

Additionally, there are 1,507 patients currently admitted to various health centres across the country. A further 6,834 patients are in Home Based Care and Isolation centres. ICU admissions are slightly down from yesterday, now at 226 (from 240). Of these, 52 are on ventilator support, while 144 are on supplementary oxygen. The remaining 30 are on observation.

Cases by counties

Nairobi led in county cases, reporting 288 of today’s cases. Mombasa came in second with 88, Meru 54, while Nakuru reported 32. Kakamega and Busia, meanwhile, reported 31 cases each, with Uasin Gishu and Nyamira reporting 29 cases each.

Kericho had 27 cases, Kisumu and Nyandarua 23 cases each, while Murang’a had 22. Kitui then followed with 17 cases, while Tharaka Nithi had 16 cases. Baringo, Kiambu, Nandi and Kirinyaga each reported 14 cases.

Laikipia had 13, Vihiga 12, Taita Taveta 11 while Machakos and Kisii had ten cases each. Marsabit, Bomet, Embu, Siaya, and Kilifi each reported nine cases. Trans Nzoia had seven, Bungoma and Kajiado five each, while Samburu and Mandera had four each.

West Pokot and Kwale reported three cases each, Homa Bay and Isiolo each had two, while Nyeri and Lamu reported one case each.

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