COVID

Covid positivity rate falls to 2.7%, 25 more succumb

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 3.6 per cent.

In Summary

• 222 patients have recovered from the disease with 169 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 53 are from various health facilities countrywide.

• 865 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 1,906 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Kennedy Wafula, a laboratory technologist at Aga Khan University Hospital, obtains a swab sample from a Mathare resident during a free Covid-19 PCR testing on August 17,
COVID TEST: Kennedy Wafula, a laboratory technologist at Aga Khan University Hospital, obtains a swab sample from a Mathare resident during a free Covid-19 PCR testing on August 17,
Image: MAGDALINE SAYA

The latest figures from the Ministry of Health indicate that the country’s positivity rate has dropped to 2.7 per cent against WHO’s threshold for adequate testing is a five per cent positivity rate.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that 130 people tested positive for the disease, from a sample size of 4,869 tested in the last 24 hours.

From the cases, 127 are Kenyans while three are foreigners.

Kagwe said 74 of them are males while 56 are females.

The youngest patient is a one-year-old child while the oldest is 99 years.

The total confirmed positive cases are now 250,510 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,586,260.

Nairobi leads with 33 cases, Kericho 13, Meru 12, Nakuru 9, Kisii 7, Garissa 6, Kakamega 6, Kiambu 5, Turkana 4, Isiolo 3, Kirinyaga 3, Makueni 3, Migori 3, Kisumu 3, Bungoma 2, Laikipia 2, Machakos 2, Mombasa 2, Murang’a 2, Uasin Gishu 1, Kitui 1, Kwale 1, Nyandarua 1, Marsabit 1, Bomet 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Kajiado 1, Embu 1 and Wajir 1.

The CS said 222 patients have recovered from the disease with 169 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 53 are from various health facilities countrywide.

This brings the total recoveries to 243,286 of whom 196,688 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 46,598 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Also, 25 more patients have succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October 2021.

This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,175.

A total of 865 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 1,906 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Fifty-six patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 36 of whom are on ventilatory support and 20 on supplemental oxygen.

Another 297 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 284 of them in general wards and 13 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

Vaccination

The CS said that as of October 5, 2021, a total of 3,990,500 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, 3,022,947 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated stood at 967,553.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 32.0 per cent.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 3.6 per cent.

The government said that it is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.