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Kenya records lowest positivity rate in weeks as COVID cases drop

Kenya recorded its lowest positivity rate of COVID-19 on Monday as 137 more people were confirmed infected with the virus.

In the update today, the Ministry of Health confirmed that the 137 came from 1,641 tested samples over the last 24 hours. That put Kenya’s positivity rate at 8.3 %, which continues a drop witnessed over the past few days. Cumulative tests, meanwhile, rose to 1,681,420.

Recoveries and deaths

Furthermore, there were 216 more recoveries, with 170 from the Home Based Care programme while another 46 came from health facilities across the country. Total recoveries in Kenya now stand at 109,077.

Additionally, most of these recoveries have come from the Home Based Care programme – 79,443 compared to 29,634 from health facilities.

Sadly, however, deaths continue to remain relatively high, with 18 more deaths reported. Of these, nine were in the last month, while another nine were late reports from facility records audits. Kenya’s fatalities have now risen to 2,781.

“Our sincere condolences to families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones.” The Ministry said.

Hospital admissions

The Health Ministry also confirmed that there were 1,265 COVID-19 patients admitted to various hospitals in the country. A further 6,614 were on the Home-Based Care programme.

There were also 179 patients in ICU, with 29 being on ventilator support. Additionally, there were 127 patients separately on supplementary oxygen. 119 of them were in the general wards, with eight being in the High Dependency Units.

Case distribution by counties

In county distribution, Nairobi continues to lead, reporting 70 of today’s COVID cases. Uasin Gishu came in second with 22, Kericho had nine, while Mombasa had eight. Kiambu, meanwhile, had seven, while Machakos had four. Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Narok and Nyeri, each reported two COVID-19 cases.

The counties with one COVID case, each, on the other hand, were, Taita Taveta, Bungoma, West Pokot, Kajiado, Kitui, Kwale, Makueni, Nakuru and Nyandarua.

Meanwhile, the Ministry revealed that they had vaccinated 887,034 people against COVID-19 in the country as of today. 516,616 were people of 58 years and above. A further 158,168 were health workers, 137,701 were teachers, and 74,554 were Security Officers.

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