COVID-19: Kenya records 14 deaths, 161 new positive cases

In the last seven days, Kenya has recorded over 100 lives due to Covid-19.

Latest updates from the Ministry of Health show that 14 succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, ending a week that registered double figures in terms of fatalities.

“All of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits on diverse dates in the months of May and June. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,410,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said.

Over this period, over 2,900 new infections were recorded, ranking it amongst the weeks to register the highest infections since the outbreak in 2020.

CS Kagwe announced that 161 people tested positive for the virus from a sample size of 2,805 tested in the last 24 hours, posting a positivity rate of 5.7 per cent.

The total confirmed cases now stand at 175,337 while the cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,866,825.

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At the same time, 177 patients were reported to have recovered from the virus, 113 from the home-based and isolation care program while 64 are from various health facilities across the country. Total recoveries now stand at 120,208.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 957 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, with 55 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“Another 108 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 103 of them in general wards and five in High Dependency Units (HDU),” said the Ministry.

Meanwhile, on the ongoing vaccination exercise over 1.1 million vaccines have so far been administered across the country.

“Of these, total first doses are 986,881 while total second doses are 126,277. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first doses is 12.8 per cent with the majority being males at 56.4 per cent and females are at 43.6 per cent. The proportion of adults fully vaccinated remains at below 1 percent,” added the ministry.

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