Vaccinated Kenyans Near 1 Million Mark

  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the Nation about Corona Virus outside Afya House on March 17, 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the Nation about Corona Virus outside Afya House on March 17, 2020.
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke
  • Kenya has vaccinated a total of 906,746 against the Covid-19 disease countrywide. Of these 278,642 are aged 58 years and above, Health workers 159,982, Teachers 141,571 Security Officers 76,578 and others 249,973.

    In a statement on Thursday, May 6, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe noted that Kenya has recorded 705 new Covid-19 cases, from a sample size of 8,853 tested in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 8.0 percent. 

    Of the cases, 687 are Kenyans while 18 are foreigners. 404 are males and 301 are females. The youngest is a one-month-old baby while the oldest is 100 years old.

    Health CAS Rashid Aman (Second from Right) receiving the medical donation from a Fosun Pharma representative outside Afya House on August 25, 2020.
    Health CAS Rashid Aman (Second from Right) receiving the medical donation from a Fosun Pharma representative outside Afya House on August 25, 2020.
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    Kagwe stated that the total number of confirmed cases stands at 162,098 and the cumulative tests so far are 1,701,385.

    711 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, 412 from home-based care, and 299 from various health facilities.

    Total recoveries now stand at 110,480 out of which 80,186 are from home-based care and isolation, while 30,294 are from various health facilities.

    Unfortunately, 25 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, 14 having occurred on diverse dates within the last one month and 10 are late death reports from facility record audits.

    This now pushes cumulative fatalities to 2,850.

    A total of 1,086 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 6,381 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

    131 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 28 of whom are on ventilatory support and 83 on supplemental oxygen. 20 patients are on observation.

    Another 117 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 109 of them in general wards and 8 in High Dependency Units.

    The news comes as Health Ministry on Wednesday, May 5 announced that the Covid-19 variant from India has been detected in Kenya.

    This was confirmed by Health DG Patrick Amoth who noted that five cases were picked on arrival into the country on Thursday last week before the ban on flights from India was imposed.

    “Yes, this variant has been picked in Kenya, and because of global connectivity, it is just a question of time. You cannot be able to put barriers to prevent a virus from accessing your territory,” said Dr. Amoth.

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    Ministry of Health acting Director-General Dr. Patrick Amoth speaking to the media at Afya House.
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