Kenya sees 1,488 new Covid cases as demand for oxygen increases

Kenya registered 1,488 more Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, with the Ministry of Health saying the demand for oxygen in hospitals is increasing.

The new cases were reported from a sample size of 9,773 tested in the last 24 hours. With the new infections, the Covid-19 positivity rate rose to 15.2 percent compared to 11.9 percent the previous day.

Of the new cases, 1,442 are Kenyans and 46 are foreigners. The total number of confirmed positive cases is now 222,894, with the cumulative tests performed so far being 2,268,823.

Nairobi County continues to lead the number of new infections with 486, followed by Kiambu with 152, Nakuru 135, Nyeri 64, Machakos 61, Uasin Gishu 61, Kajiado 57, Murang’a 45, Kitui 42, Embu 37, Mombasa 33, Busia 31 , Nandi 28, Baringo 27, Marsabit 27, Turkana 18, Garissa 17, Meru 16, Nyandarua 14, Kakamega 12, Kericho 12, Kirinyaga 12, Lamu 11, Kisii 10, Kisumu 10, Kwale 8, Kilifi 7, Migori 6, Tharaka Nithi 6, Wajir 5, Narok 5, Elgeyo Marakwet 5, Isiolo 5, Laikipia 4, Nyamira 4, Siaya 4, Makueni 4, West Pokot 3, Taita Taveta 2, Homa Bay 1 and Bungoma 1.

The number of recoveries from the virus rose 1,814 to 205,912. Of the new recoveries, 1,576 were from home care and 238 from various hospitals.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said four more patients had succumbed to the virus, bringing the death toll to 4,354. However, he stated that all of the deaths were belated reports, which were confirmed after examining the facility’s records in August.

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In a statement to media houses, CS Kagwe noted that the number of Covid-19 patients who require hospitalization has increased.

According to Kagwe, the situation has increased the need for oxygen as many of the patients need it.

Due to the current situation, the CS has asked the district governments to improve their oxygen capacity by improving the infrastructure and supplying the hospitals with the raw material.

“Pipelines for supplying beds are particularly interesting as opposed to providing independent cylinders. The pipelines will not only increase efficiency, but also make it possible to care for more patients at the same time,” said Mr. Kagwe.

On Tuesday, CS Kagwe found that 1,970 patients were hospitalized across the country while 8,408 were in home care. Of the hospital patients, 147 were in the intensive care unit, 74 of them on ventilator support, 72 on supplemental oxygen and one under observation.

A further 781 patients received additional oxygen separately, 724 of them on general wards and 57 in highly dependent units.

As of August 16, 2021, a total of 2,101,403 doses of vaccine had been administered across the country. Of these, the total of the first doses is 1,346,861 while the second doses are 754,542.

The uptake rate of the second dose was 56 percent, with the majority of patients being male (55 percent), while the proportion of fully vaccinated adults was 2.8 percent.

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