COVID UPDATES

970 new Covid cases as seven more succumb

459, 300 doses were received from Canada.

In Summary

• 143 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 98 of whom are on ventilatory support and 39 on supplemental oxygen. 6 patients are under observation.

• Total confirmed positive cases are now 237,851 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,388,858.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe gives the daily update of Covid-19 in the country at Afya House on August 30, 2021
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe gives the daily update of Covid-19 in the country at Afya House on August 30, 2021
Image: MAGDALINE SAYA

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said that 970 people have tested positive for coronavirus from a sample size of 7,940 in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is at 12.2 per cent.

In a statement on Thursday, the CS said that from the cases, 940 are Kenyans while 30 are foreigners, out of which 489 are males, and 481 are females.

The youngest patient is an eight-month-old child and the oldest is 97 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 237,851 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,388,858.

The CS said 612 patients have recovered from the disease with 502 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care programme while 110 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 224,882.

Seven patients have succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits on August, 31st 2021.

This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 4,746.

Kagwe added that a total of 1,874 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,379 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

He said 143 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 98 of whom are on ventilatory support and 39 on supplemental oxygen. 6 patients are under observation.

Another 757 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 684 of them in general wards and 73 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

From the cases, Nairobi leades with 305 cases, Nyandarua 99, Kiambu 68, Kajiado 52, Nakuru 49, Murang’a 30, Kericho 27, Uasin Gishu 24, Mombasa 23, Garissa 21, Laikipia 17, Embu 17, Nandi 16, Baringo 16, Elgeyo Marakwet 16, Samburu 15, Machakos 15, Lamu 14, Busia 12, Tana River 11, Kilifi 11, Kitui 11, Migori 11, and Tharaka Nithi 10.

Mandera 9, Narok 9, Vihiga 7, Nyamira 5, Kisumu 5, Siaya 5, Bomet 4, Makueni 4, Kakamega 4, Marsabit 4, Turkana 4, Bungoma 4, Kirinyaga 4, Kwale 3, Meru 3, Trans Nzoia 2, West Pokot 1, Homa Bay 1, Nyeri 1 and Kisii 1.

Vaccination

As of September 1, 2021, a total of 2,807,945 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, the total first doses are 2,000,285 while the second doses are 807,660.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 40.4 per cent with the majority being males at 55 per cent while females are at 45 per cent.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.96 per cent.

The ministry has also clarified that the country received 459, 300 doses of vaccines from Canada, and not the initial 358,200  that had earlier been reported.

“Initially we were expecting the consignment to arrive in two phases of 358,200 and another of 101,100. However, after checking the packages it was discovered that both consignments had been lamped together. Therefore, we would like to clarify that as opposed to the 358,200 doses we earlier reported to have landed, the exact consignment that the government received is 459, 300 doses of vaccines. We regret the error,” Kagwe said.