Kenya records 480 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths as positivity rate at 8.5%


The Ministry of Health on Sunday announced that 480 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 5,668 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now at 8.5%, with total confirmed infections rising to 240,172 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,411,720.

From the cases 448 are Kenyans while 32 are foreigners; 254 are males and 226 are females, while the youngest is a one-year-old baby and the oldest is 98 years.

The new cases were recorded across various counties nameky; Nairobi 181, Uasin Gishu 42, Nakuru 36, Mombasa 30, Meru 29, Kiambu 29, Baringo 24, Kisii 17, Makueni 15, Kajiado 12, Murang’a 11, Nyeri 8, Machakos 6, Embu 5, Kilifi 5, Kitui 5, Kwale 3, Laikipia 3, Marsabit 3, Nandi 3, Trans Nzoia 3, Garissa 3, Isiolo 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Kirinyaga 1, Kisumu 1 and Migori 1.

The ministry also announced that 809 patients recovered from the disease; with 703 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 106 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 228,083.

Eight patients however succumbed to the coronavirus disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in August and September 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 4,786.

“A total of 1,829 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,994 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement.

“155 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 91 of whom are on ventilatory support and 54 on supplemental oxygen with 10 patients under observation.”

He added: “Another 762 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 696 of them in general wards and 66 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

A total of 2,862,528 vaccines HAhad been administered across the country as of September 4, 2021. Of these, total first doses were 2,050,377 while second doses were 812,151.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 39.7% with the majority being males at 55% while females were at 45%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 2.98%.

The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups was as follows: Aged 58 years and above 241,118; Others 244,122; Health Workers 135,031; Teachers 123,499; Security Officers were 68,381.

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