COVID

Positivity rate at 1.9% as 74 new cases reported

Eight more patients have succumbed to the disease, totaling fatalities to 5,223.

In Summary

• Thirty-four patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 21 of whom are on ventilatory support and 13 on supplemental oxygen.

• A total of 590 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 1,556 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

A health worker takes a sample for free Covid-19 testing at the Garissa Primary School testing centre.
COVID TESTING: A health worker takes a sample for free Covid-19 testing at the Garissa Primary School testing centre.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

The Ministry of Health has said that another 74 people have tested positive for coronavirus from a sample size of 3,987 tested in the last 24 hours.

In a statement on Sunday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that the country’s positivity rate is at 1.9 per cent.

Kagwe said that this brings the total confirmed positive cases to 252,033 and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,639,107.

Nairobi 39, Nakuru 6, Siaya 5, Laikipia 5, Kericho 4, Kiambu 3, Machakos 3, Kajiado 2, Murang’a 2, Narok 2, Garissa 1, Kakamega 1, and Marsabit 1.

The CS said that 76 patients have recovered from the disease with 60 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 16 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 245,254 of whom 198,131 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 47,123 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Also, eight more patients have succumbed to the disease, one of them having occurred in the last 24 hours, while the other seven are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of October 2021.

 This pushes the cumulative deaths to 5,223.

A total of 590 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 1,556 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Thirty-four patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 21 of whom are on ventilatory support and 13 on supplemental oxygen.

Another 177 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with all of them being in the general wards. No patient is in the High Dependency Units (HDU).

Vaccination

As of October 16, a total of 4,500,179 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, 3,291,192 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 1,208,987.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 35.2 per cent.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 4.4 per cent.

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