VIRUS UPDATES

Kenya's Covid positivity rate drops to 5.2% after 345 new cases

Country lost 24 patients to the disease with one having occurred in the last 24 hours

In Summary

• Of the cases recorded Tuesday, 339 are Kenyans while six are foreigners, with 195 being males and 150 being females.

• This now brings the total number of positive cases to 160,904, and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,688,106.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Kenya's Covid-19 positivity rate on Tuesday dropped to 5.2 per cent after the country recorded 345 new Covid-19 cases from a sample size of 6,686 tested in the last 24 hours.

On Monday, the positivity rate stood at  8.3 per cent.

Of the cases recorded Tuesday, 339 are Kenyans while six are foreigners, with 195 being males and 150 being females.

Age-wise, the youngest is a two-year-old baby while the oldest is 94 years old.

This now brings the total number of positive cases to 160,904, and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,688,106.

In terms of recovery, 140 patients have recovered from the disease, with 82 from home-based and isolation care while 58 are from various health facilities.

The total number of recoveries in the country stands at 109,217 with 79,525 from home-based and isolation care while 29,692 are from various health facilities.

The country lost 24 patients to the disease with one having occurred in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,805.

Fifteen deaths occurred on diverse dates within the last one month, while eight are late deaths conducted from facility record audits.

A total of 1,230 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,654 patients are on home-based isolation and care.

154 patients are in ICU, 26 of whom are on ventilatory support and 101 on supplemental oxygen. 27 patients are on observation.

Another 117 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 109 of them in general wards and eight are in High Dependency Unit.

As of Tuesday, a total of 894,076 people have so far been vaccinated countrywide

Of these, 275,895 are aged 58 years and above, 158,772 are health workers, 139,221 are teachers while 75,169 are security officers and others 245,461.

In terms of distribution of positive cases per county , Nairobi leads with 75, Uasin Gishu 49, Mombasa 35, Kisumu 29, Kitui 26, Kilifi 16, Meru and Embu 13 cases each and Nakuru 10 cases.

Machakos, Nyamira and Trans Nzoia have nine cases each, Kericho six, Laikipia five, Kiambu, Nandi and Siaya have four cases each, Homa Bay, Kajiado, Kakamega, Murang'a and Nyandarua have three cases each.

Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Vihiga and West Pokot have two cases each while Bomet, Bungoma, Kirinyaga, Kisii, Makueni and Migori have one case each.