COVID-19 STATS

Kenya reports 400 new virus cases as vaccination begins

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says this is a positivity rate of 7.7%, caseload hits 107,729.

In Summary

• The country's fatalities have risen to 1,873 after another three patients succumbed to the disease.

• Kagwe said that there are 494 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 1,615 patients are on the home-based care programme.

A nurse at KNH is being vaccinated for Covid-19 on March 5, 2021. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
A nurse at KNH is being vaccinated for Covid-19 on March 5, 2021. Photo/Fredrick Omondi

Kenya on Friday recorded 400 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country's caseload to 107,729.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the new cases were from a sample size of 5,189 tested in the last 24 hours.

This, the CS said was a positivity rate of 7.7 per cent.

The cumulative tests stand at 1,322,806.

The country's fatalities have risen to 1,873 after another three patients succumbed to the disease.

Kagwe said that there are 494 patients currently admitted in various hospitals across the country. Another, 1,615 patients are on the home-based care programme.

A total of 67 patients are in ICU, out of which 24 are on ventilatory support.

Also, 17 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen in general wards.

Meanwhile, 77 patients have recovered from the disease out of which 27 were from the Homebased care program while 50 were discharged from various health facilities.

Kenya's recoveries now stand at 87,176.

From the new cases reported on Friday, 367 are Kenyans while 33 are foreigners.

In terms of gender, 248 are males while 154 are females and the youngest in a nine-month-old infant and the oldest is 95.

Kenyans will now start receiving their doses from today through the various referral hospitals countrywide after the government officially launched the Covid-19 vaccination program on Friday.

First in line are the 400,000 health care workers as well as other essential service providers.

Second in line for receiving the vaccine include teachers and prison wardens.

Speaking during the launch, Heath CS Susan Mochache said the Ministry will employ data management and reporting electronic vaccine registry dabbed ' The Chanjo Management Information system'.

The digital system which was developed by experts from the ministry of ICT is said to help the ministry of health in vaccine traceability and ensuring that stocks are professionally managed.

"It will track and manage vaccination schedules. It helps in the routine, reporting and addressing any adverse effects and will provide us with reports which we will use for decision making and policy keeping," Mochache said.