Kenya sees 323 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

Kenya has registered 323 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours from a sample size of 3,676 cases tested, giving a positivity rate of 8.8%.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said the total number of confirmed positive cases is now 192,758 and the cumulative tests performed so far are 2,053,912.

The 323 cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi 166, Mombasa 41, Kilifi 31, Busia 24, Nakuru 23, Kiambu 10, Machakos 5, Nyeri 3, Kwale 3, Meru 3, Kajiado 3, Kericho 2, Kirinyaga 2, Siaya 2, Uasin Gishu 2, Baringo 1, Isiolo 1 and Murang’a 1.

At the same time, 15 patients succumbed to the disease, 3 of them in the last 24 hours, while 12 late deaths were reported after facility records were completed in May, June and July 2021. This now brings the cumulative deaths to 3,775.

644 patients are now believed to have recovered from the disease, including 604 from the home isolation and care program, while 40 are from various health facilities across the country.

“The total number of recoveries is now 182,326, of which 145,742 are from the home care and isolation program, while 36,584 are from various health facilities across the country,” the ministry said.

According to the ministry, 1,203 patients are currently being admitted to various healthcare facilities across the country, while 4,384 are being treated under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

There are currently 132 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), 40 of whom are ventilated and 63 are additionally supplied with oxygen. 29 patients are under observation.

“Another 272 patients are supplied separately with additional oxygen, 250 of them in general wards and 22 in high dependency units (HDU),” the ministry announced.

As part of the ongoing vaccination exercise, a total of 1,620,465 vaccines had been administered nationwide by July 18. Of these, the total of the first doses is 1,038,074 while the second doses are 582,391.

“The uptake of the second dose in those who received their first dose is 56.0%, with the majority at 55% in men and 45% in women. The proportion of fully vaccinated adults is 2.1%, ”said the ministry.

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