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Kenya records 13 new cases, no death

The positivity rate now stands at 0.8 per cent.

In Summary

• Eleven of the cases were reported in Nairobi County and two in Kiambu County.

• No death was reported over that period, meaning the case fatality count remains at 5,649.

A file photo of laboratory technologist obtaining a swab sample from a Kenyan.
COVID TEST: A file photo of laboratory technologist obtaining a swab sample from a Kenyan.
Image: MAGDALINE SAYA

Kenya's Covid-19 positivity rate now stands at 0.8 per cent after 13 people tested positive for the disease from a sample size of 1,619 tested over the last 24 hours.

No death was reported over that period, meaning the case fatality count remains at 5,649.

In a statement on Sunday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said eight of the new patients are foreigners while five are Kenyans.

Seven among them are males while six are females; the youngest being an eight-year-old child while the oldest is 71 years old.

Eleven of the cases were reported in Nairobi County and two in Kiambu County.

"Total confirmed positive cases are now 323,881 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,615,118," Kagwe said.

He said total recoveries now stand at 318,069 after five patients recovered from the disease from the Home Based and Isolation Care.

Of the total recoveries, 53,028 are from various health facilities countrywide while 265,041 are from the Home Based Care and Isolation program.

Kagwe reported that four patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 159 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

He said no patient is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) but one patient is on supplemental oxygen in the general ward. 

Vaccination status

Data from the Health Ministry shows that Kenya has of May 7, 2022, administered 17,946,058 vaccines across the country.

This means, the government must vaccinate 9,299,975 people between now and end of December for it to meet the target of vaccinating 27,246,033 people by the end of the year.

Out of the 17,946,058 vaccines administered so far, 16,316,973 doses went to adults aged 18 years and above.

Another 1,291,251 doses went to those aged  between 15 to 17 years, 32,055 doses went to those below 15 years but above 12 years while 305,779 doses are booster jabs.

Over a period of 24 hours ending May 7, 2022, a total of 3,319 doses were administered.

The number of people fully vaccinated over that period was 1,457.

"Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 30.6 per cent," Kagwe said.

Nyeri is the only county that has fully vaccinated over half of its adult population at 52.7 per cent. 

The county has managed to vaccinate 268,835 people out of a targeted population of 510,028 people aged above 18.

Nairobi comes second with 48.3 per cent of its adult population now fully vaccinated.

The capital city is targeting 3,052,494 people but had until May 7, 2022 fully vaccinated 1,475,965 people.

Kakamega follows a distant third with 39.1 per cent (384,637 people out of a targeted 982,838 adults are fully vaccinate.

Marsabit comes last with just 9.7 per cent of its total population having been fully vaccinated over the period under review.

The county has a target of 219,170 people but has managed to fully vaccinate just 21,277 people.

Booster doses

In terms of booster doses, Nairobi has administered the most - 105,098.

Nakuru county follows a distant second with 27,668, Kiambu (20,407), Nyeri (16,756), Uasin Gishu (11,900) while Kisumu closes the top six slot of counties with over 10,000 booster doses with 10,314 jabs.

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