Kenya records 193 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths; positivity rate at 3.7%
The Ministry of Health on Friday announced that 193 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 5,207 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 3.7%.
Of the 161 are Kenyans while 32 are foreigners; 109 are males and 84 are females. The youngest is a four-month-old child while the oldest is 92 years.
Total confirmed positive cases are now 321,111 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,211,810.
The cases were distributed across various counties namely: Nairobi 67, Kisii 41, Mombasa 12, Nakuru 11, Kiambu 10, Kericho 9, Tharaka Nithi 6, Kwale 5, Nyamira 4, Turkana 4, Kilifi 3, Siaya 3, Kisumu, Kitui, Marsabit and Murang’a 2 cases each, Bomet, Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kakamega, Machakos, Meru, Narok, Nyeri and West Pokot 1 each case.
The ministry said 1,018 patients recovered from the disease; 924 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 94 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 294,035.
However, 11 patients succumbed to disease, all being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the months of December 2021 and January 2022. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,578.
“A total of 548 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,950 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.
“20 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), all of them are on ventilatory support. Another 137 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 136 of them are in the general wards. One patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”
The CS also stated that a total of 11,858,965 vaccines had been administered across the country as of January 27, 2022.
Of these, 6,395,879 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 5,291,450. Another 38,929 are doses administered to those between 15 to 18 years while 127,149 are booster doses.
“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 62.5%. The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 19.4%. The government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033,” he added.