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Covid-19 Death Toll Hits 5,504 as 392 More Test Positive

by Zablon Ondari
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The Covid-19 death toll has risen to 5,504 in the country after five more patients succumbed to the virus, the Ministry of Health has announced.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, 18th January, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also reported 392 new infections from the 5,730 samples tested, raising the caseload to 318,249.

This brings to 3,157,009, the cumulative number of samples tested so far. The country’s positivity rate stands at 6.8 per cent.

From the new cases, 335 are Kenyans while 57 are foreigners with 211 males and 181 females. The youngest is an 11-month-old infant while the oldest is 102 years.

Meanwhile, 856 patients have recovered from the disease, 773 from the Home-Based Care Programme, while 83 have been discharged from various hospitals. The total number of recoveries now stands at 286,483.

Some 983 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities across the country while another 9,132 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

According to Kagwe, 42 patients are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 40 are on ventilatory support, and two are on supplemental oxygen.

Another 217 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 213 of them being admitted in the general wards. Four patients are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Vaccination: As of 17th January 2022, a total of 11,174,610 vaccines have so far been administered across the country. Of these, 6,226,417 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,822,088.

Another 5 31,164 are doses administered to those between 15 to 18 years while 94,941 are booster doses.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 58.5 per cent. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 17.57 per cent. The Government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.

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