Kenya Covid-19 cases exceed 193,000, positivity rate at 8.2%


Kenya recorded 431 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday out of a sample of 5,281 tested in the past 24 hours, marking a positivity rate of 8.2%, a drop from the 8.8% recorded the day before.

In a statement, the health ministry said the number of confirmed cases since the first one last March had risen to 193,189 and 2,059,193 tests had been carried out since then.

Of the new patients, 416 were Kenyans and 15 foreigners, and 284 men and 134 women.

Nairobi led with 256 infections and was followed by Machakos with 36, Kilifi 26, Nyeri 19, Nakuru 18, Kiambu 17, Mombasa eight, Kirinyaga and Meru six each, Kericho, Migori, Taita Taveta and Turkana four each, Siaya, Kisii and Embu Three.

Kajiado, Kitui, Murang’a and Tana River each recorded two cases while Garissa, Kakamega, Narok, Nyandarua, Homa Bay and Kwale each reported one case.

The death toll rose by eight to 3,783, but Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe said these were late reports confirmed after the facility’s records were audited in March and June.

He also announced that 595 more patients had recovered from the disease, 542 in isolation and home care and 53 in hospitals nationwide, bringing the total to 182,921.

According to the ministry, 1,224 patients had been hospitalized Monday while 4,358 were treated at home.

Of the admitted patients, 134 were in intensive care units, 35 of them on life support, 70 on supplemental oxygen and 29 under observation.

284 other patients were separately on supplemental oxygen, 262 of them in general wards and 22 in high dependency units.

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