COVID

Highest ever positivity rate of 32.5% recorded, 3,746 tests positive

One patient has succumbed, pushing the cumulative fatalities to 5,356.

In Summary

• The country has surpassed its previous record of vaccinating 154,887 persons in a single day that was recorded on Monday 20, December 2021.

• Total confirmed positive cases are 274,645 and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,966,713.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe during a press conference in Mombasa on Wednesday.
OMICRON VARIANT Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe during a press conference in Mombasa on Wednesday.
Image: JOHN CHESOLI

The Ministry of Health has again recorded the highest ever positivity rate in the country from the samples collected in the last 24 hours.

In a statement on Thursday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that 3,746 people have tested positive for the disease, from a sample size of 11,537 people tested.

The cases keep soaring amid the Omicron variant in the country that was detected on December 15.

From the cases, 3,542 are Kenyans while 204 are foreigners. 1,987 are females and 1,759 are males.

The youngest patient is a six-month-old child while the oldest is 104 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are 274,645 and the cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,966,713.

Distribution

Nairobi leads with 1,600 cases, Kiambu 344, Nakuru 236, Mombasa 160, Kakamega 127, Kajiado 113, Kericho 97, Nyeri 97, Siaya 96, Kisumu 91, Uasin Gishu 84, Murang’a 58, Nyandarua 53, and Tharaka Nithi 53.

Vihiga 47, Kilifi 41, Laikipia 41, Bungoma 40, Machakos 37, Bomet 32, Homa bay 31, West Pokot 29, Taita Taveta 29, Embu 25, Makueni 24, Busia 24, Meru 23, Migori 20, Kisii 20, Garissa 17, Kwale 16, Baringo 14, Kitui 13, Narok 9, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Wajir 1, Nandi 1 and Lamu 1.

Kagwe said that 60 patients have recovered from the disease, 59 from various health facilities countrywide while one is from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

The total recoveries now stand at 249,617 of whom 201,251 are from the  Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 48,366 are from various health facilities countrywide.

One patient has also succumbed to the virus, pushing the cumulative fatalities to 5,356.

A total of 554 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 11,329 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

He said that 17 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 10 of them on ventilatory support while 7 are on supplemental oxygen.

Another 101 patients are on supplemental oxygen, 97 of them are in the general wards while four patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Vaccination campaign

The CS has announced that the country has surpassed its previous record of vaccinating 154,887 persons in a single day that was recorded on Monday 20, December 2021.

“As of December 22, 2021, we have recorded the highest number of vaccines administered on a single day at 205,948. Of these, 81,292 are first doses while 124,656 are second doses and Johnson and Johnson vaccine,” Kagwe said.

A total of 9,375,917 vaccines have so far been administered across the country. Of these, 5,528,721 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 3,847,196.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 56.2 per cent.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 14.1 per cent.