COVID UPDATES

Positivity rate drops to 6.1%, as 368 new Covid cases recorded

No death reported, hence, the cumulative fatalities remain at 5,520.

In Summary

• 823 patients have recovered from the disease, 707 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 116 are from various health facilities countrywide.

• This brings the total confirmed positive cases to 19,379 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,170,792.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe gives the daily update of Covid-19 in the country at Afya House.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe gives the daily update of Covid-19 in the country at Afya House.
Image: MAGDALINE SAYA

The latest figures from the Ministry of Health indicate that the country's positivity rate has dropped to 6.1 per cent.

On Thursday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement that 368 people tested positive for coronavirus from a sample size of 6,003 tested in the last 24 hours.

Kagwe said from the cases, 340 are Kenyans while 28 are foreigners. 185 males and 183 are females.

The youngest patient is a nine-month-old infant while the oldest is 100 years.

This brings the total confirmed positive cases to 19,379 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,170,792.

The CS said that 823 patients have recovered from the disease, 707 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 116 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 287,963 of whom 236,357 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 51,606 are from various health facilities countrywide.

There is no death related to the virus reported today, hence, the cumulative fatalities remain at 5,520.

Kagwe added that a total of 865 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 7,762 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

Forty-six patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 44 of them on ventilatory support while two others are on supplemental oxygen.

Another 198 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 196 of them are in the general wards. Two patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Distribution of cases

Nairobi leads with 135 cases, Kisii 47, Homa Bay 35, Nakuru 20, Kiambu 16, Kakamega 11, Nyamira 11, and Nyeri 11.

Murang’a 9, Siaya 7, Kilifi 6, Kitui 6, Makueni 6, Mombasa 5, Bomet 4, Kisumu 4, Uasin Gishu 4, West Pokot 4, Kericho 3, Kirinyaga 3, Embu 3, Garissa 3, Baringo 2, Migori 2, Narok 2, Kwale 2, and Laikipia 1, Machakos 1, Meru 1, Taita Taveta 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Busia 1, Kajiado 1.

Vaccination drive

The CS said that as of January 19, 2022, a total of 11,345,649 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, 6,269,570 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,937,799.

Another 104,890 have received booster doses.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 59.5 per cent.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 18.1 per cent.

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