Covid-19 Positivity Rate Doubles

  • 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.
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    Kenyans.co.ke
  • Kenya's Covid-19 positivity rate has doubled in the past 24 hours. Today it stands at 12.4 percent from yesterday's 6.3 percent.

    In a press release, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe noted that 572 individuals have tested positive for Covid-19 from a sample size of 4,624 tested in the last 24 hours.

    From the cases, 526 are Kenyans while 46 are foreigners. 354 are male and 218 are female. The youngest is a eight-month-old infant while the oldest is 97 years.

    Health Acting Director General Dr Patrick Amoth receives the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, March 5.
    Health Acting Director General Dr Patrick Amoth receives the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, March 5.
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    The total confirmed positive cases in the country stands at 163,238 and the cumulative tests conducted so far are 1,715,038.

    476 patients have recovered. 219 from home-based and isolation care and 257 from various health facilities. Total recoveries now stand at 110,653.

    Sadly, 18 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,883.

    4 of the deaths occurred on diverse dates within the last month and 13 being death reports from facility record audits.

    A total of 1,103 patients have been hospitalised in various hospitals while 6,295 are on home-based care.

    131 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 26 on ventilators and 80 on supplementary oxygen.

    A total of 915,968 persons have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 disease countrywide. Of these 534,355 are aged 58 years and above, Health workers 160,862, Teachers 143,525 and Security Officers 77,226.

    The health ministry urged Kenyans to be vigilant in the fight against the pandemic primarily after five cases of the Covid-19 variant from India were detected on Thursday last week.

    The ministry cautioned Kenyans against the variant pointing out that it was 15 times more deadly.

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