Covid-19: Cases in Kenya rise to 316,700, death toll over 5,000


Coronavirus cases in Kenya have continued to rise after 1,035 more people tested positive for the disease, out of a sample size of 9,337 who tested in the past 24 hours.

The positivity rate now stands at 11.1 percent, down from 11.7 percent on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 859 are Kenyans while 176 are foreigners. In terms of gender, 566 were male while 469 were female. The youngest is a three month old child while the oldest is 110 years old.

The total number of confirmed positive cases is now 316,700 and the cumulative testing done so far is 3,136,817.

Nairobi County, the capital, leads the number of new infections with 369 cases, while Nakuru County has 89, Mombasa 82, Nyamira 47, Bungoma 42 and Baringo 36. Other counties had fewer than 29 cases with Isiolo, Samburu and Taita Taveta having the lowest number of new cases with one each.

In a statement to media on Friday, Health Cabinet Minister Mutahi Kagwe announced that 1,155 patients have recovered from the disease, 1,042 from the home isolation and care program, while 113 are from various health facilities across the country.


The total number of recoveries now stands at 280,199, of which 229,328 have come from the home care and isolation program, while 50,871 have come from various health facilities across the country.

Ten deaths were reported, one in the last 24 hours, while the other 9 are delayed deaths reported after facility records audits were conducted in January 2022. The total number of deaths in the country now stands at 5,482.

Also, 1,119 patients are currently being admitted to various healthcare facilities across the country, while 14,791 are being treated under the home isolation and care program.

According to Mr Kagwe, 48 patients are in intensive care, 44 of them on ventilator support, while four are on supplemental oxygen.

257 patients are being treated along with supplemental oxygen on general wards and 252 others are being admitted to the hospitals. Five patients are in the High Dependency Unit.

Mr Kagwe said 10,974,305 vaccines had been administered across the country as of Thursday. Of these, 6,164,507 are partially vaccinated while 4,704,029 are fully vaccinated.

Another 25,754 are doses given to people between the ages of 15 and 18, while 80,607 are booster doses.

Second dose uptake among those who received their first dose was 57.8 percent, while the proportion of fully vaccinated adults was 17.3 percent.

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