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218 people test positive for Covid – 19 In the last 24 hours

218 people have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, from a sample size of 2,577 tested in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate is now 8.5 per cent and the total confirmed positive cases are now 179,293 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,907,096.

In a press release, yesterday, on the Covid-19 situation in the Country, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS), Mutahi Kagwe, said that from the cases, yesterday, 206 are Kenyans while 12 are foreigners. 117 are males and 101 females. The youngest is a seven-month-old baby while the oldest is 85 years.

In terms of County distribution; Nairobi 119, Siaya 26, Kisii 20, Uasin Gishu 15, Homa Bay 10, Nakuru 6, Kajiado 4, Kakamega 4, Makueni 2, Nyandarua 2, Migori 1, Mombasa 1, Nandi 1, Vihiga 1, Bomet 1, Kericho 1, Kiambu 1, Kisumu 1, Laikipia 1 and Machakos 1.

In terms of Sub- County distribution; In Nairobi the 119 cases are from Kibra (16), Westlands (14), Dagoretti North (12), Roysambu (11), Starehe (10), Kasarani and Langata (7) cases each, Mathare (6), Embakasi West, Makadara and Ruaraka (5) cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East and Embakasi South (4) cases each, Kamukunji (3), Embakasi North (2). In Siaya the 26 cases are from Alego-Usonga (12), Gem (9), Ugunja (4), Bondo (1).

In Kisii the 20 cases are from Kitutu Chache South (14), Bobasi, Nyaribari Chache and South Mugirango (2) cases each. In Uasin Gishu the 15 cases are from Moiben (4), Kapseret and Soy (3) cases each, Ainabkoi and Kesses (2) cases each, Turbo (1).

In Homa Bay the 10 cases are from Homa Bay Town (4), Mbita (3), Ndhiwa, Rachuonyo South and Rangwe (1) case each.  In Nakuru the 6 cases are from Nakuru West (3), Gilgil, Nakuru East and Nakuru North (1) case each.

In Kajiado all the 4 cases are from Kajiado North, while in Kakamega all the 4 cases are from Lurambi. In Makueni the 2 cases are from Kaiti and Kibwezi East (1) case each and in Nyandarua the 2 cases are from Ol Kalou.

The case in Migori is from Suna East, the case in Mombasa is from Nyali, the case in Nandi is from Emgwen, the case in Vihiga is from Emuhaya, the case in Bomet is from Konoin, the case in Kericho is from Kipkelion East, the case in Kiambu is from Githunguri, the case in Kisumu is from Kisumu Central, the case in Laikipia is from Laikipia West and the case in Machakos is from Athi River.

Distribution of positive cases by age is as follows; 0-9 years (9), 10-19 years (8), 20-29 years (31), 30-39 (60), 40-49 (55), 50-59 (21), 60 years and above (34).

The CS has confirmed that 261 patients have recovered from the disease, 167 from the Home Based and Isolation Care program while 94 are from various health facilities countrywide.

“Total recoveries now stand at 122,965 of whom 89,132 are from Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 33,833 are from various health facilities”, he said.

Sadly, Kagwe noted that 5 patients have succumbed to the disease one of them having occurred in the last 24 hours while four are late deaths reported after conducting Facility Record Audits on diverse dates in the months of April and June and this now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,461.

New deaths by age; 0-9 years (0), 10-19 years (0), 20-29 (1), 30-39 years (0), 40-49 years (1), 50-59 years (1), 60 years and above (2).

Cumulative deaths by age; 0-9 years (55), 10-19 years (24), 20- 29 (112), 30-39 years (287), 40-49 years (421), 50-59 years (705), 60 years and above (1,857).

Currently the CS further said that a total of 1,074 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,638 patients are under Home Based Isolation and Care program. 103 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 33 of whom are on ventilatory support and 51 on supplemental oxygen.

“Nineteen (19) patients are under observation. Another 118 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 108 of them in general wards and 10 in High Dependency Units (HDU)”, he said.

The CS confirmed that a total of 1,187,663 vaccines have so far been administered across the country and of these, total first doses are 995,570 while second doses are 192,093.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose, Kagwe said is at 19.3 per cent with the majority being males at 56 per cent while females are at 44 per cent and the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is at 0.74 per cent.

The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is that Health Workers 52,830, Aged 58 years and above 52,041 Others 51,463, Teachers 22,189 while Security Officers are at 14,020.

By Wangari Ndirangu

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