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Siaya tops as Kenya confirms 284 new COVID-19 cases

Kenya on Friday confirmed 284 new COVID-19 cases as Siaya tied with Nairobi as the two counties with the highest infections of the day.

According to the Ministry of Health, the 284 cases came from a sample size of 4,540, placing the day’s positivity rate at 6.3 %. The figures raised Kenya’s total COVID-19 infections to 171,942. Meanwhile, the number of cumulative tests done hit 1,826,756.

Recoveries and deaths

On recoveries, there were 124 new recoveries, which pushed Kenyans total recovery figures to 117,464. Of these, 97 came from the various health facilities, while the remaining 27 were from the Home Based Care and Isolation Program.

However, there were 17 more fatalities reported, with all deaths having been late reports from Facility record audits on different dates in April and May. That now pushes Kenya’s cumulative fatalities to 3,240 cases.

Cases by counties

Siaya, which has seen a surge in cases, ties with Nairobi in the top spot, as both counties reported 66 cases. Kisumu, yet another county seeing record infections, came in third with 30 new cases. Mombasa had 21, Busia 13, Kericho and Nyeri each had eight while Kiambu, Nakuru, Turkana and Uasin Gishu each had seven cases.

Garissa and Vihiga, on the other hand, each had six, Kisii had five, Murang’a four, Kitui three, while Embu, Migori, Kakamega, Narok, Kirinyaga, and Kwale each reported two cases. Lamu, Marsabit, Meru, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Homa Bay and Kajiado each reported one case.

Second dose vaccination picks pace

Meanwhile, the number of people who have gotten their second dosage of the Covishield vaccine has started rising exponentially. As of Friday, 2,541 people had gotten their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Most of these are health workers, with 2,150 of them getting the dosage. Then there are 216 categorised as others, 95 security officers, 45 teachers, and 35 people above 58 years.

The country has vaccinated 974,000 people, with most of them being people above 58 years – 295,202. ‘Others’ come in second with 277,207, Health workers follow 166,043, teachers 152,962 while security officers have 82,586 vaccinated.

Hospital admissions, meanwhile, stood at 1,207.

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