Covid-19: Kenya reports new 1,035 cases, 10 deaths

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. 

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Coronavirus cases in Kenya have continued to rise after 1,035 more people tested positive for the disease, from a sample size of 9,337 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now at 11.1 per cent, a drop from 11.7 percent on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 859 are Kenyans while 176 are foreigners. In terms of gender, 566 were male while 469 were female. The youngest is a three-month-old child while the oldest is 110 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 316,700 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,136,817.

The new infections are distributed in counties as follows; Nairobi 369, Nakuru 89, Mombasa 82, Nyamira 47, Bungoma 42, Baringo 36, Kilifi 29, Siaya 29, Kitui 26, Kiambu 25, Nyeri 24, Kericho 23, Kakamega 21, Makueni 18, Trans Nzoia 18, Murang’a 16, Kajiado 14, Kisumu 13, Uasin Gishu 13, Embu 10, Laikipia 10, Homa Bay 8, Meru 8, Marsabit 7, Vihiga 7, Busia 6, Kisii 6, Kwale 6, Narok 6, Garissa 5, Machakos 4, West Pokot 4, Bomet 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Migori 2, Nandi 2, Nyandarua 2, Isiolo 1, Samburu 1 and Taita Taveta 1.

In a statement to media houses on Friday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that 1,155 patients had recovered from the disease, 1,042 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care programme while 113 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 280,199 of whom 229,328 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation programme, while 50,871 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Ten deaths were reported, one of them in the last 24 hours while the other 9 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of January 2022. Total fatalities in the country now stands at 5,482.

Also 1,119 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 14,791 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care programme.

According to Mr Kagwe, 48 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 44 of them on ventilatory support while four are on supplemental oxygen.

Another 257 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 252 of them are in the general wards. 5 patients are in the High Dependency Unit.

He said that 10,974,305 vaccines had been administered across the country as of Thursday. Of these, 6,164,507 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,704,029.

 Another 25,754 are doses administered to those between 15 to 18 years while 80,607 are booster doses.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 57.8 percent while the proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 17.3 percent.

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