Kenya’s COVID-19 positivity falls under 5 percent, as death toll edges 1700

At least 80 people have tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 1,601 tested in the last 24 hours. This raises Kenya’s tally to 95,923. – By Gerald Gekara.

This further de-escalates the threat level in the country due to the pandemic but could be greatly attributed to the fall in the testing capacity.

Of the cases, 63 are Kenyans while 17 are foreigners; with 51 of them being males and 29 females. The youngest is a three-year-old child while the oldest is 98.

The cases were recorded in counties as follows: Nairobi (55), Busia (7), Lamu (5), Kiambu (4), Murang’a (3), Kilifi (2), with Kajiado, Kericho, Kitui, and Nakuru each reporting (1) case each.

In a statement seen by Uzalendo News, the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, revealed that 425 patients recovered from the disease. About 369 of them were from the Home Based Care Program while 56 were discharged from various hospitals. This brings taking total recoveries to 77,423.

However, 3 patients died from the coronavirus, bringing the cumulative fatalities to 1,658.

Currently, there are 651 patients admitted in various health facilities countrywide and 3,417 on Home Based Isolation and Care. 38 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 18 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 17 on supplemental oxygen. 3 are on observation.

Another 33 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen, out of whom 26 are in the general wards. 7 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).