Covid-19: Kenya reports 813 new cases, administers 83,510 jabs

Covid vaccination

Members of the public queue to receive Covid-19 vaccine at Kencom bus stop in Nairobi on December 29, 2021.

Photo credit: Evans Habil | Nation Media Group

Kenya has recorded 813 more Covid-19 positive cases with a positivity rate of 13.5 per cent from a sample size of 6,005 tested in the last 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 656 are Kenyans, while 157 are foreigners. 421 male and 392 are female. The youngest is a four-month-old child, while the oldest is 103 years. Total confirmed positive cases are now 314,490, and cumulative tests are 3,117,407.

The new infections are distributed in counties as follows; Nairobi 358, Siaya 73, Bomet 67, Nakuru 29, Laikipia 24, Kisumu 20, Kilifi 20, Nyandarua 19, Marsabit 18, Mombasa 18, Uasin Gishu 17, Kiambu 15, Kitui 13, Embu 13, Kakamega 11, Migori 10, Murang’a 9, Lamu 7, Makueni 7, Busia 6, Garissa 6, Nandi 6, Machakos 5, Meru 5, Baringo 4, Homa Bay 4, Kericho 4, Kisii 3, Kajiado 3, Narok 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Bungoma 2, Kwale 2, Nyeri 2, Turkana 2, Vihiga 2, West Pokot 1, Samburu 1 and Taita Taveta 1.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to media houses on Wednesday, announced that 4,126 patients had recovered from the disease, 3,968 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care programme, while 158 are from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries now stand at 276,019.

In the same period, seven deaths were reported, all being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in September 2021 and January 2022. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,469.

Mr Kagwe further mentioned that 1,201 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 17,443 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care programme.

The CS also added that 47 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 44 are on ventilatory support, and three are on supplemental oxygen.

Another 301 patients are on supplemental oxygen, and 293 are in the general wards. 8 patients are in the High Dependency Unit.

According to Kagwe, 10,779,531 vaccines have been administered across the country as of Tuesday. Of these, 6,103,780 are partially vaccinated, while those fully vaccinated are 4,583,839. Another 24,910 have been administered to those between 15 and 18 years, while 67,002 are booster doses.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 57.1 percent, while the proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 16.8 per cent.

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