Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate at 22.6% after 2,402 new cases recorded, 7 people dead

Kenya's COVID-19 positivity rate at 22.6% after 2,402 new cases recorded, 7 people dead

  • From the cases, 2,098 are Kenyans while 304 are foreigners; 1,177 are females and 1,225 are males.
  • The youngest is a two-month-old child and the oldest is 104 years.

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced that 2,402 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 10,638 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 22.6%.

The total confirmed positive cases are now 281,358 while the cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,056,954.

"From the cases, 2,098 are Kenyans while 304 are foreigners; 1,177 are females and 1,225 are males, while the youngest is a two-month-old child and the oldest is 104 years," said Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a statement on Tuesday.

The new cases are distributed across various counties as follows: Nairobi 1,000, Siaya 221, Uasin Gishu 160, Mombasa 108, Nakuru 97, Kiambu 89, Kakamega 84, Tharaka Nithi 83, Kajiado 52, Laikipia 50, Homa Bay 44, Makueni 42, Migori 42, Murang’a 35, Kitui 29, Machakos 29, Garissa 27, Kilifi 27, Kisumu 26, Nyeri 23, Embu 19, Baringo 19, Meru 17, Nyandarua 13, Kirinyaga 8, Isiolo 8, Bungoma 7, Bomet 6, Lamu 6, Kericho 5, Kisii 5, Turkana 4, Nandi 4, Taita Taveta 3, Marsabit 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Busia 2, Narok 1 and Kwale 1.

The ministry noted that 1,982 patients recovered from the coronavirus; 1,929 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 53 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 258,533.

However, 7 patients succumbed to the disease, 6 of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,401.

“A total of 1,124 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 25,631 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 50 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 22 of them on ventilatory support while 21 are on supplemental oxygen,” added the Ministry.

“Another 306 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 280 of them are in the general wards. 26 patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

CS Kagwe also stated that a total of 10,220,981 vaccines had been administered across the country as of January 3rd 2022.

Of these, 5,910,320 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,270,594. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 55.9%.

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