Kenya's Covid positivity rate at 7.6% after 508 new cases

In Summary

• 486 are Kenyans while 22 are foreigners, with 299 being males and 209 being females.

• 18 patients have succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,574.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe at Afya House on May 27, 2020.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe at Afya House on May 27, 2020.
Image: MAGDALINE SAYA

Kenya on Saturday recorded 508 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, from a sample size of 6,664, with the positivity rate now at 7.6%.

From these cases, 486 are Kenyans while 22 are foreigners, with 299 being males and 209 being females.

Age wise, the youngest is a one-year-old baby while the oldest is 105 years old.

This now brings the total number of positive cases to 182,393, and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,940,066.

In terms of recovery, 539 patients have recovered from the disease, with 296 from the home based and isolation care while 243 are from various health facilities.

The total number of recoveries in the country stands at 124,392, with 89,957 from home based and isolation care while 34,435 are from various health facilities.

On a sad note, the country has lost 18 patients to the disease in the last 24 hours, all of them being late deaths reports arising after conducting facility record audits on diverse dates in the months of March, April and May.

This now brings the total number of fatalities to 3,574.

A total of 1,037 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 6,750 patients are on home based isolation and care.

101 patients are in ICU, 33 of whom are on ventilatory support and 52 on supplemental oxygen. 16 patients are on observation.

Another 117 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 108 of them in general wards and nine are in High Dependency Unit.

As of Friday, a total of 1,279,023 vaccines have so far been administered across the country.

Of these, total first doses are 1,001,711 while second doses are 277,312.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 27.7% with the majority being males at 56% while females are at 44%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is at 1.06%.

The uptake of the second dose by priority groups is as follows: health workers 52,830, aged 58 years and above are 81,273, others category are 74,129, teachers are 34,442 while security officers are at 20,569.

In terms of distribution of positive cases per county, Nairobi leads with 116, Siaya 50, Mombasa 44, Busia 43, Kisumu 38, Kakamega 31, Uasin Gishu 30, Nyamira, Kilifi and Nandi with 16 each and Homa Bay 15.

Kajiado and Bungoma have 14 cases each, Vihiga 11, Nakuru and Nyeri with seven each, Laikipia six, Migori and Kiambu with five each, Kericho and Taita Taveta with four, Garissa and Kwale three each, Meru and Narok with two case each while Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Machakos, Elgeyo Marakwet Kitui and Kisii one case each.