Kenya on Monday reported a record low number of COVID-19 cases as the positivity rate dropped to 5.3 per cent.
In the daily briefing on Monday, only 88 people tested positive for the virus from a sample size of 1,668, which is admittedly also a very low sample size. The new cases take the total infections in the country to 170,735, with tests conducted now standing at 1,811,558.
The low infections and sample size come just a day before Kenya holds its Madaraka Day celebrations. The celebrations will take place in Kisumu, which reported among the least number of infections on Monday.
Recoveries and deaths
Additionally, there were 71 new recoveries from the virus, with the total recoveries now at 116,847. Of the day’s recovery, 64 came from the Home Based Isolation and Care program, while the remaining seven came from the various health facilities.
In total, 84,896 of Kenya’s total recoveries have come from the Home Based care program, while the remaining 31,951 have come from the health facilities.
There were a further 15 deaths from COVID-19, with all the reported cases coming from facility audit records done on different dates in April. That now pushes Kenya’s cumulative fatalities to 3,172.
Cases by counties
Nairobi led with 30 new cases, while Nandi had ten, Turkana seven, Kericho six and Mombasa three. Kirinyaga had four, Kakamega, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu reporting three, while Garissa, Kajiado, Nakuru, Siaya and Kisumu each had three cases.
The counties that reported one new case each were Kisii, Laikipia, Machakos, Bungoma, Meru, Migori and West Pokot.
Admissions and vaccination
On hospital admissions, there were 1,237 patients admitted at various health facilities in the country. Another 4,661 patients were in the Home Based Isolation and Care centres. There were 93 patients in intensive care units (ICU). Of these, 21 were on ventilator support, while 55 were on supplemental oxygen. A further 17 were on observation.
There were another 87 patients separately on supplemental oxygen – 81 being in the general wards and six in the High Dependency Units (HDU).
On vaccinations, there are currently 969,489 people who have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
88 people have tested positive for the disease, from a sample size of 1,668 tested in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is now 5.3%. Total confirmed positive cases are now 170,735 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,811,558. pic.twitter.com/GOgNldy2YO
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 31, 2021