Kenya's Covid positivity rate at 5.7% after 111 new cases

In Summary

• 14 patients have succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, which brings the total number of fatalities to 3,073.

• 121 patients are in ICU, 25 of whom are on ventilatory support and 68 on supplemental oxygen. 28 patients are on observation.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House on Tuesday, May 5.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House on Tuesday, May 5.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Kenya on Monday recorded 111 new Covid-19 cases, from a sample size of 1,948 tested in the last 24 hours, with the positivity rate now at 5.7%.

Of the cases, 108 are Kenyans while three are foreigners, with 62 being males and 49 being females.

Age wise, the youngest is a two-year-old baby while the oldest is 89 years old.

This now brings the total number of positive cases to 168,543, and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,783,374.

In terms of recovery, 142 patients have recovered from the disease, with 137 from the home based and isolation care while five are from various health facilities.

The total number of recoveries in the country stands at 114,679 with 83,353 from home based and isolation care while 31,326 are from various health facilities.

However, the country has lost 14 patients to the disease in the last 24 hours, all of them being late deaths reports arising after conducting facility record audits within the last one month.

This now brings the total number of fatalities to 3,073.

A total of 1,086 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,770 patients are on home based isolation and care.

A total of 121 patients are in ICU, 25 of whom are on ventilatory support and 68 on supplemental oxygen. 28 patients are on observation.

Another 86 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 79 of them in general wards and seven are in High Dependency Unit.

As of Saturday, a total of 954,515 people have so far been vaccinated countrywide.

Of these, 289,900 are aged 58 years and above, 164,053 are health workers, 150,303 are teachers, 80,718 are security officers while 269,541 belong to the others category.

In terms of distribution of positive cases per county , Nairobi leads with 52 cases, Machakos 11, Kisii nine, Siaya seven, Kericho five, Homa Bay, Mombasa and Kiambu have four cases each.

Mandera has three cases, Nyeri and Migori two cases each, while Kisumu, Kwale, Laikipia, Meru, Murang'a, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and Kilifi have one case each.