Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 2.8pc after 170 infections, 1 death recorded


The Ministry of Health on Friday announced that 170 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 6,162 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now at 2.8 percent, with total confirmed infections rising to 250,898 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,598,772.

“From the cases 158 are Kenyans while 12 are foreigners. 87 are females while 83 are males.” the Ministry of Health said in a statement to the press. 

“The youngest is a nine-year-old child while the oldest is 90 years.” 

Nairobi Kiambu and Kericho posted the highest number of new infections with 43,14 and 12 new infections respectively. 

In the rest of the country, the new infections are distributed as follows: Nakuru 11, Kajiado 10, Kitui 9, Meru 6, Tharaka Nithi 6, Uasin  Gishu 6, Elgeyo Marakwet 4, Garissa 4, Mombasa 4, Baringo 3, Busia 3, Laikipia 3, Machakos 3, Murang’a 3, Bomet 2, Bungoma 2, Embu 2, Kakamega 2, Kirinyaga 2, Wajir 2, West Pokot 2, Kilifi 1, Kisii 1, Kisumu 1, Makueni 1, Marsabit 1, Nandi 1, Narok 1, Nyandarua 1, Nyeri 1, Taita Taveta 1, Tana River 1 and Siaya 1. 

A total of 841 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,833 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. 

Meanwhile, 254  patients recovered in the last one day, pushing the total of recoveries so far to 243,591.

“216 patients are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 38 are from various health facilities countrywide.” the Health Ministry added. 

At the same time, Kenya’s death toll from the disease hit 5,179 after one more dearth was reported on Friday. 

According to the Health Ministry, the death was discovered after facility records from September were audited. 

The CS also stated that a total of 4,111,317 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of October 7, 2021. Of these, total first doses were 3,093,399 while second doses were 1,017,918. 

“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 31.5%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 3.7%.,” the Health Ministry said on Friday. 

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