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Kenya’s positivity rate drops to 8% as 705 new COVID cases are confirmed

Kenya on Thursday reported another low in positivity rate as the country confirmed 705 new COVID-19 cases.

In the update, the Health Ministry said that the 705 came from a sample size of 8,853, putting Kenya’s day’s positivity rate at 8.0%, keeping up with low positivity rates this week.

The new cases now raise Kenya’s total COVID-19 infections to 162,098, while the total tested samples have risen to 1,701,385.

Deaths and recoveries rise

However, deaths remain a major concern, with yet another 25 new COVID-19 deaths reported by the Health Ministry. The new deaths push Kenya’s total deaths from COVID-19 to 2,850. It continues the trend from April, the deadliest month of the pandemic in Kenya, with over 500 deaths reported.

Recoveries also rose significantly, with 711 new recoveries taking Kenya’s recovery figures to 110,480.

Cases by counties

Nairobi led with 150 of today’s cases in terms of county distribution, with Mombasa coming in second with 88. Kisumu reported 58 new cases while Busia had 50, and Kericho came in fifth with 46.

Uasin Gishu, a county seeing a rise in cases, had 31, while Taita Taveta and Bungoma each reported 23. Tharaka Nithi and Trans Nzoia, meanwhile, each reported 20 cases, while Nyeri had 18. Kiambu had 17, Makueni 13, Machakos 12, Nandi had 11 and Nakuru had 10.

Kirinyaga and Murang’a, meanwhile, reported nine cases each, with Bomet, Kajiado, Kilifi and Kitui reporting eight new cases each. Mandera, Kakamega, Nyandarua, Kisii and Homa Bay each had six new cases, while Nyamira had five.

Least hit counties

Meru and Garissa reported four new cases each, while Embu, Siaya and West Pokot each confirmed three additional COVID cases each. Elgeyo Marakwet, Kwale, Narok, Vihiga and Baringo each had two cases, with Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit each reported one case.

Meanwhile, the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 is closing in on 1 million. At the moment, the Ministry of Health has vaccinated 906,746 people against the pandemic. However, concern still remains on when the second dosage would arrive into the country.

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