Kenya’s Covid-19 positivity rate down to 3.5 per cent

Kenya has reported a total of 72 new positive cases in the last 24 hours from a sample size of 2,056 tested, health ministry officials have said.

This brings the positivity rate to 3.5 per cent, with the cumulative confirmed positive cases rising to 165,537.

From the cases, the youngest is a one-year-old baby and the oldest is 84 years.

The cases were distributed across various counties with Nairobi county accounting for the highest number at 28, Mombasa 22, Busia 9, Kilifi 3, Embu and Homa Bay two cases each, Kwale, Laikipia, Machakos, Nakuru, Nyeri, and Kiambu with one case each.

In a statement, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that 262 people have recovered from the disease; 235 from home-based and isolation care, while 27 were discharged from various health facilities countrywide.

Total recoveries now stand at 113,874; of whom 82,777 are from home-based care and isolation, while 31,097 are from various health facilities across the country.

Read also: Kenya Covid death toll surges past 3,000

Sadly, ten people have succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours; three of them having occurred on diverse dates within the last one month while seven are late death reports after conducting facility record audits within the last one month. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,013.

“A total of 1,036 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,729 patients are under the home-based Isolation and care program. 108 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 23 of whom are on ventilator support and 70 on supplemental oxygen,” read the statement.

Meanwhile, in Tanzania, the government has been urged to provide Covid-19 prevalence information and take concrete steps to strengthen all preventive measures to prevent the disease.

The report presented to President Suluhu Hassan by the Special Committee she formed to review the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Tanzania, also recommended that health professionals should fulfill their professional responsibilities in educating, preventing and treating Covid-19 virus in the country.

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