Kenya records 368 new COVID-19 cases; positivity rate now at 6.1%
The Ministry of Health on Thursday announced that 368 people have tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 6,003 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 6.1 per cent.
Of the cases, 340 are Kenyans while 28 are foreigners; 185 are males and 183 are females. The youngest is a nine-month-old infant while the oldest is 100 years.
Total confirmed positive cases are now 319,379 while cumulative tests so far conducted are at 3,170,792.
The cases were distributed across various counties as follows: Nairobi 135, Kisii 47, Homa Bay 35, Nakuru 20, Kiambu 16, Kakamega 11, Nyamira 11, Nyeri 11, Murang’a 9, Siaya 7, Kilifi 6, Kitui 6, Makueni 6 and Mombasa 5.
More cases were reported in; 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, Laikipia 1, Machakos 1, Meru 1, Taita Taveta 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Busia 1 and Kajiado 1.
The Ministry said 823 patients have recovered from the disease; 707 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 116 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 287,963.
No death was reported and the cumulative fatalities still stand at 5,520.
“A total of 865 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 7,762 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.
Some 46 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 44 of them on ventilatory support while two of them are on supplemental oxygen.
"Another 198 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 196 of them are in the general wards. 2 patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU),” said the Ministry.
The CS said a total of 11,345,649 vaccines had been administered across the country as of January 19, 2022. Of these, 6,269,570 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,937,799.
“The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 18.1%. The government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033,” he said.