VIRUS NUMBERS

Covid-19 positivity rate at 2.0% after 117 new cases

The number of fatalities has risen to 5,238 after five new patients succumbed

In Summary

• Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that 110 of the new cases are Kenyans while seven are foreigners, with 63 being males and 54 being females.

• This now brings the total confirmed positive cases to 252,308 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,654,013.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Image: MAGDALINE SAYA

On the day that President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the lifting of the nationwide curfew, Kenya recorded 117 new cases on Covid-19, from a sample size of 6,004 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate stands at 2.0 per cent as of Wednesday.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that 110 of the new cases are Kenyans while seven are foreigners, with 63 being males and 54 being females.

The youngest is a four-month-old infant while the oldest is 91 years.

This now brings the total confirmed positive cases to 252,308 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,654,013.

The CS further stated that 209 patients have recovered from the disease with 116 from the home-based isolation and care program while 93 are from various health facilities countrywide.

The total number of recoveries are now 245,786 of whom 198,544 are from the home-based isolation and care program, while 47,242 are from various health facilities countrywide.

The number of fatalities has risen to 5,238 after five new patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the months of August, September and October 2021.

This now pushes the cumulative deaths to 5,238.

A total of 528 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 1,493 are under the home-based isolation and care program.

32 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 18 of whom are on ventilatory support and 14 on supplemental oxygen.

No patient is under observation.

Another 167 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 166 being in the general wards. One patient is in the High Dependency Units (HDU).

Kagwe also added that as of October 19, a total of 4,674,897 vaccines had so far been administered across the country.

Of these, 3,379,842 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 1,295,055.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was 36.7 per cent.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 4.8 per cent. 

Edited by D Tarus