COVID-19: Kenya Records 1,175 New Cases And 3 Deaths; Positivity Rate Now At 11.7 Per Cent

Written by on 13 January 2022

The Ministry of Health on Thursday announced that 1,175 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 10,073 tested in the last 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 11.7%.

Of the cases, 1,025 are Kenyans while 150 are foreigners; 601 are females and 574 are males. The youngest is a two-day-old infant while the oldest is 108 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 315,665 while cumulative tests so far conducted are at 3,127,480.

The cases were distributed across various counties as follows: Nairobi 459, Kisii 92, Mombasa 71, Nyeri 49, Turkana 49, Siaya 48, Kiambu 40, Murang’a 37, Uasin Gishu 37, Kakamega 36, Nakuru 32, Nyandarua 25, Kisumu 20, Makueni 14, Nandi 13, Baringo 12, Kilifi 12 and Kericho 11.

More cases were reported in Kirinyaga 10, Migori 10, Meru 9, Homa Bay 8, Elgeyo Marakwet 7, Embu 7, Kajiado 7, Tharaka Nithi 7, Bungoma 6, Busia 5, Garissa 5, Machakos 5, Laikipia 4, Marsabit 4, Isiolo 3, Kwale 3, Nyamira 3, Vihiga 3, West Pokot 3, Bomet 2, Narok 2, Tana River 2, Trans Nzoia 2 and Taita Taveta 1.

The Ministry said 3,025 patients recovered from the disease; 2,837 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program while 188 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide. Total recoveries rose to 279,044.

Three patients are reported to have succumbed to the coronavirus disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of December 2021 and January 2022. This pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,472.

“A total of 1,146 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 15,829 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program,” noted Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe in a statement to newsrooms.

“49 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 45 of them on ventilatory support while four of them are on supplemental oxygen. Another 275 patients are on supplemental oxygen and 271 of them are in the general wards. 4 patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).”

The CS said a total of 10,878,311 vaccines had been administered across the country as of January 12, 2022. Of these, 6,134,511 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,644,213.

Kagwe further added that another 25,213 are doses administered to those between 15 to 18 years while 74,374 are booster doses.

“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 57.5%. The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 17.0%. The government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033,” he said.

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