Kenya’s COVID-19 infections cross 250,000-mark after 298 people test positive


The Ministry of Health on Saturday announced that 298 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 6,451 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now at 4.6%, with total confirmed infections rising to 250,023 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,569,174.

From the cases, 295 of them are Kenyans while 3 are foreigners; 158 are males and 140 are females, while the youngest is a three-month-old baby and the oldest is 102 years.

The cases were distributed across various counties namely; Nairobi 35, Kitui 34, Nyeri 32, Kericho 29, Nakuru 25, Kisii 13, Baringo 13, Kiambu 12, Tharaka Nithi 11, Embu 10, Garissa 6, Kakamega 6, Makueni 6, Migori 6, Laikipia 5, Siaya 5, Machakos 5, Nandi 5, Marsabit 4, Kajiado 4, Kilifi 4, Kirinyaga 4, Bungoma 3, Mombasa 2, Narok 2, Kisumu 2, Busia 2, Meru 2, Uasin Gishu 2, Kwale 2, West Pokot 2, Murang’a 2, Bomet 1, Isiolo 1 and Lamu 1.

The ministry also announced that 399 patients recovered from the coronavirus, with 379 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 20 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries stand at 242,227.

However, 3 patients succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of September 2021. This pushes the cumulative fatilities to 5,131.

“A total of 953 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 2,055 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” read a statement by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

“56 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 36 of whom are on ventilatory support and 19 on supplemental oxygen. One patient is under observation. Another 315 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 306 of them in general wards and 9 in High Dependency Units (HDU).”

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