Covid positivity rate down to 14% as recoveries hit 50,000

Nairobi recorded 472 new cases, with Westlands leading in the county with 71 cases

In Summary

• Seventeen patients have succumbed to the disease bringing fatalities to 1,330.


Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

The country’s Covid-19 positivity rate on Thursday stood at 14.38 per cent after 1,459 people tested positive for the virus from a sample size of 10,146.

This pushed the virus caseload to 74,145 from a cumulative test size of 815,040 tests conducted in the country since March. All the new cases were Kenyans except 40.

In a statement, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that 835 of the new cases were males, while 624 were females aged between four months and 97 years.


“There are 1,116 patients admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,232 are in home-based isolation and care. Fifty-nine patients are in the intensive care units, 27 of whom are on ventilator support and 28 on supplemental oxygen,” the CS said.

“Another 83 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen out of whom 67 are in the general wards, while 16 are in the high dependency units.”

The CS further announced that 780 patients recovered from the disease, 690 from the home-based care programme and 90 discharged from hospitals. The total recoveries now stand at 50,658.

“Sadly, another 17 patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing fatalities to 1,330. Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones,” Kagwe said.

In terms of the distribution of cases per county, Nairobi recorded 472 new cases — Westlands leading in the county with 71 cases followed by Kibra and Lang’ata with 55 and 35 respectively.

Kiambu county recorded 311 new cases out of which 62 came from Thika, with Mombasa county coming third after registering 108 new cases, 49 of which were from Mvita.

Other counties that recorded new cases include Laikipia with 63, Uasin Gishu with 53, Busia with 49, Kisumu 48, Meru 43, Nakuru 36, Kericho 33, Kisii and Kakamega 29 cases each, Marsabit 17 while Murang’a and Nyamira recorded 16 cases each.


Kajiado recorded 15, Garissa 13, Nandi and Kitui 12 cases each, Nyeri and Machakos 11 cases each, Bungoma and Siaya 10 cases each, Turkana and Kirinyaga eight each.

Kilifi had six, Bomet five, Trans Nzoia four, Homa Bay three, Makueni, Taita Taveta and Kwale two cases each while Isiolo and Tharaka Nithi each had one case.