Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (April 17, 2021)

1,027 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, bringing the number of confirmed positive cases in the country to 151,287. Figure derived from a sample size of 7,184 tested. The country’s positivity rate is 14.3%.

Of the cases, 1,009 are Kenyans and 18 are foreigners. 600 are men and 427 are women. The youngest is a two month old baby while the oldest is 110 years old. The cumulative tests performed in the country to date total 1,599,668.

20 deaths have been reported, 8 of which occurred on different dates within the last month, while 12 late deaths were reported after facility record audits were conducted. This now brings the cumulative deaths to 2,463.

382 patients recovered from the disease, 267 from Home Based & Isolation Care, 115 from various healthcare facilities across the country. Total restores now stand at 101,362, of which 73,598 are from Home Based Care & Isolation and 27,764 from various healthcare facilities.

A total of 1,653 patients are admitted to various healthcare facilities across the country, while 5,798 patients are isolated and cared for. 264 patients are in the Intensive care unit, 55 of them received ventilatory support and 161 were given supplemental oxygen. 48 patients are observed.

Another 239 patients receive additional oxygen separately, 224 of them in general wards and 15 in units with high dependency (HDU).

To clarify the variance in Covishield vaccine dose administration in some countries.

The National Vaccine Delivery and Vaccination Task Force states that discrepancies are due to the decision of some manufacturers to put an excess or an additional amount in a vial to make up for losses when vaccines are drawn into syringes. Each Covishield vaccine bottle contains 10 doses.

Depending on the type of syringes used, the amount left in the vial may make one or two extra doses. According to the task force, this has also been observed with the use of the Covishield vaccine in Kenya.

The experience was carried out in other countries COVID-19 vaccinations like that United Statesdue to the use of syringes with low dead volume. Indeed, this results in a negative waste rate, with more people being vaccinated from one vial than expected.

According to the Task Force, vaccine waste is expected to vary from facility to facility and county to county. Kenya aims for an average waste rate of 10% or less to serve both low and high waste areas.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Kenya.Ministry of Health, Kenya
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