Six deaths as Kenya records 1,412 new Covid cases

In Summary

•The Ministry of Health has warned against marketing of the Sputnik V vaccine, saying it has only received emergency use authorization, not marketing authorization.

• This comes as a section of private hospitals have been marketing the vaccine which is being administered for between Sh7,000 and Sh11,000.

Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi.
Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi.
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Kenya has recorded 1,412 new covid-19 cases, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said on Wednesday.

This was from a sample size of 9,219. The positivity rate is at 15.3 per cent.

This now brings the total number of cases to 134,058.

Six deaths have been reported, three in the last 24 hours, bringing the fatalities to 2,153.

From the new cases, 1,324 are Kenyans while 88 are foreigners while 771 are males and 641 are females.

The youngest is an eighth-month-old infant while the oldest is 94.

The ministry has said that 389 people have recovered from the virus, 230 from Home Based Isolation and Care while 159 have been discharged from various hospitals in the country.

The total recoveries in the country are 92,679.

Also, 1,349 patients are currently admitted to health facilities, 4,799 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

A total of 153 patients are in ICU, out of which 43 are in ventilatory support and 101 on supplemental oxygen. Nine patients are on observation.

Another 106 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, 91 of them being in general wards and 15 in High Dependency Unit.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has warned against the marketing of the Sputnik V vaccine, saying it has only received emergency use authorization, not marketing authorization.

This comes as a section of private hospitals have been marketing the vaccine which is being administered for between Sh7,000 and Sh11,000.

Sputnik V vaccine has been imported by a private organization and the Russian embassy has said the firm should take responsibility for any challenges associated.

DP William Ruto was among the first leaders to take the Sputnik vaccine. President Uhuru Kenyatta took the free AstraZeneca jab.

On whether Sputnik V is better than AstraZeneca, Mwangangi said there is no research that has been done to compare the two.

She did, however, said that all vaccines allowed into the country will ensure that those vaccinated avoid ending up with severe illness.