CORONA UPDATE

Kenya records 741 new Covid cases, 24 deaths reported

A total of 1,220,151 vaccines have so far been administered across the country

In Summary

• The new cases were picked from a sample size of 6,955 tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s positivity rate on Thursday to 10.7 per cent.

• A total of 1,059 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,599 patients are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefing on May 28, 2020.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefing on May 28, 2020.
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The country has reported 741 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, pushing the total confirmed positive cases to 181,239.

The new cases were picked from a sample size of 6,955 tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s positivity rate on Thursday to 10.7 per cent.

The total cumulative tests conducted so far in the country are 1,926,973.

In a statement on Thursday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that from the cases, 698 are Kenyans while 43 are foreigners, and 464 are males compared to 277 females.

The youngest is a one-year-old baby while the oldest is 101 years.

Kagwe said that 99 people have recovered from the virus, pushing the total recoveries to 123,462.

The CS said that 24 patients have succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility audit records on diverse dates in the months of March, April, May, and June.

The cumulative fatalities now stand at 3,538.

A total of 1,059 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,599 patients are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Also, 100 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 36 of whom are on ventilatory support and 51 on supplemental oxygen. 13 patients are under observation.

Another 140 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 131 of them in general wards and 9 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

In the new cases, Nairobi leads with 146 cases, Busia 92, Siaya 76, Kisumu 51, Mombasa 47, Kericho 39, Kitui 37, Kisii 35, Uasin Gishu 27, Kakamega 26, and Nyamira 21.

Kilifi 17, Vihiga 16, Nandi 16, Homa Bay 14, Nakuru 13, Kiambu 10, Meru 10, Bungoma 9, Kajiado 5, Kirinyaga 4, Nyeri 4, Tana River 4, Machakos 3, Murang’a 3, Baringo 3, Bomet, Garissa, Makueni, Migori and Nyandarua 2 cases each, West Pokot, Isiolo, and Elgeyo Marakwet 1 case each.

Vaccination

A total of 1,220,151 vaccines have so far been administered across the country. Of these, the total first doses are 998,073 while the second doses are 222,442.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 22.3 per cent with the majority being males at 56 per cent while females are at 44 per cent.

The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is as follows: Health Workers 57,640, Aged 58 years and above 61,971, Others 59,897, Teachers 26,504 while Security Officers are at 16,430.