Kenya has today confirmed 780 new COVID-19 cases as the patients crossed the 80,000-mark.
In a statement, Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, said that the new cases came from a sample size of 6,158 they had tested over the last 24 hours. That puts the country’s positivity rate at 12.6 per cent. This figure is a significant drop from a few weeks back when the country saw the positivity rate hover around 18-21 per cent.
The new cases take the country’s caseload to 80,102, while tested samples take the total samples in the country to 861,561.
Recoveries and deaths rise
Furthermore, there were ten new deaths from the disease, leaving the country’s fatalities at 1,427. The fatality rate in Kenya now stands at 1.8 per cent. This is the second-lowest death figure in a day, with the eight reported yesterday being only the second time the country was seeing less than double figures in death.
Additionally, there were 552 new recoveries, pushing the country’s recoveries to 53,526, a recovery rate of 67 per cent. Of the recovered, 468 came from the Home-based care program, with the other 84 coming from various health facilities.
In terms of admissions in hospitals, Kenya has 1,232 COVID-19 patients in various hospitals in the country. A further 7,295 were on the home-based care program.
There were also 57 patients in ICU, with 32 of these being on ventilatory support. An additional 109 were on supplementary oxygen, with 58 in general wards and 24 in HDU.
Cases by counties
Nairobi led today’s cases, with 273, followed by Kiambu, which reported 93. Mombasa had 86, Busia 85, while Nakuru had 40, and Turkana had 32.
Uasin Gishu had 20, Kilifi 16, while Meru, Kajiado, and Kericho each reported 13 cases. Meanwhile, Kisumu had 11, Nandi ten, Taita Taveta nine, while Murang’a, Laikipia, and Nyeri had eight new cases each.
Bomet and Trans Nzoai had seven cases, Kwale and Makueni had four, Machakos and Embu three each, Homa Bay, Tana River and Elgeyo Marakwet two each. Samburu, Baringo, Garissa, Nyamira, Marsabit, Kitui, Isiolo and Siaya had one case each.