COVID CASES

3,328 Covid cases reported, positivity rate at 29.7%

One patient succumbed, pushing the cumulative fatalities to 5,355.

In Summary

• This brings the total confirmed positive cases to 270,899 and cumulative tests conducted are 2,955,176.

• A total of 520 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 7,631 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 

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

Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has said that the new cases of Covid in the country keep increasing even as the ministry calls upon Kenyans to get vaccinated.

On Wednesday, the CAS said 3,328 people tested positive for the virus from a sample size of 11,172 collected in the last 24 hours.

Mwangangi said that the positivity rate is at 29.7 per cent.

This brings the total confirmed positive cases to 270,899 and cumulative tests conducted are 2,955,176.

From the cases, Nairobi leads with 1,333 cases, Nakuru 249, Kiambu 175, Kitui 157, Machakos 127, Uasin Gishu 124, Kisumu 114, Mombasa 101, Busia 84, Siaya 72, Kajiado 71, Nyeri 68, Tharaka Nithi 66, Murang’a 55, Kakamega 51, Kericho 51, Makueni 45, and Narok 41.

Laikipia 39, Nandi 39, Embu 36, Kilifi 29, Trans Nzoia 28, Meru 28, Nyandarua 28, Baringo 25, West Pokot 18, Kwale 16, Homa Bay 13, Garissa 11, Bungoma 9, Kirinyaga 8, Taita Taveta 5, Marsabit 2, Nyamira 2, Vihiga 2, Migori 1, Bomet 1 and Tana River 1.

Eighty-three patients have recovered from the virus, 69 from various health facilities while 14 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

The total recoveries now stand at 249,557 of whom 201,250 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 48,307 are from various health facilities.

One patient succumbed to the disease, pushing the cumulative fatalities to 5,355.

A total of 520 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 7,631 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 

Fifteen patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 9 of them on ventilatory support while 6 are on supplemental oxygen.

Eighty-nine patients are on supplemental oxygen with 88 of them in the general wards. One patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Vaccination

As of December 21, 2021, a total of 9,169,969 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, 5,447,429 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 3,722,540.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 55.9 per cent. 

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 13.7 per cent.

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