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Kenya’s Covid-19 Positivity Rate Rises as 618 Test Positive

by Zablon Ondari
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The Ministry of Health has announced 618 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising the national tally to 193,807.

The cases are from the 5,507 samples tested, bringing to 2,064,700 the cumulative number of tests. The country’s positivity has risen from 8.2 per cent to 11.2 per cent in the last 24 hours.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, on Tuesday, 20th July, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that from the new cases 580 are Kenyans while 38 are foreigners, with 285 being males and 333 females. The youngest is a six-month-old infant while the oldest is 103.

Kagwe confirmed that 290 patients have recovered from the disease with 261 from various health facilities countrywide while 29 are from home-based isolation and care. programme. The total number of recoveries now stands at 183,211.

Kenya reported 17 more deaths, bringing the toll to 3,800.

There are1,222 patients admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 4,339 are under the home-based isolation and care programme.

Some 139 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 35 of whom are on ventilatory support, 75 on supplemental oxygen and 29 are under observation.

Another 273 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 241 of them in general wards and 32 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

Vaccination: As of Monday, a total of 1,635,441 vaccines had so far been administered across the country. Of these, the total first doses are 1,040,317 while the second jabs are 595,124.

The uptake of the second dose is at 57.2 per cent with the majority being males at 55 per cent while females are at 45 per cent. The proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 2.2 per cent.

The uptake of the second dose by priority groups is as follows: Aged 58 and above 185,693, others 170,516, health workers 107,550 teachers 84,147 while security officers are 47,218.

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