Kenya's Positivity Rate Jumps, Vaccines Quickly Running Out

  • 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 recorded 376 more Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours. The cases were reported from a sample size of 4,153 translating to a positivity rate of 9.1%, up from 7.5% recorded on Tuesday. 

    At the same time, in an interview with CNN on Wednesday, May 19, Health CS Kagwe noted that there were only 100,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine left adding that they were running out fast.

    "We are still vaccinating, but we are at the tip, we need vaccines urgently," Kagwe stating noting that situation in India had left many countries stranded when it came to accessing the vaccines.

    Kagwe disclosed that the government was looking for other avenues to get other vaccines for the population as he announced that the country's total caseload stood at 166,382.

    Kenya has opened discussions with Covax, a global partnership under the World Health Organisation, which will see top private hospitals in the country buy Covid-19 vaccines for their wealthy clientele.
    Kenya has opened discussions with Covax which will see top private hospitals in the country buy Covid-19 vaccines for their wealthy clientele.
    File

    Of the positive cases, 363 are Kenyans while 13 are foreigners. 214 are male and 163 are female while the youngest case is a two-day-old infant and the oldest is aged 100.

    At the same time, 318 patients were discharged, 248 from home-based care, and 70 from the various hospitals around the country bringing the total number of recoveries to 117,235 of whom 83,054 are from home-based care and isolation program, while 31,181 are from various health facilities.

    Regrettably, 14 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, seven of them having occurred on diverse dates within the last one month while seven are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the last one month. Total fatalities now stand at 3,035. 

    Currently, there are 1,074 patients admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 4,626 are on home-based isolation and care. 

    107 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 21 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 69 on supplemental oxygen. 17 patients are on observation.

    Another 93 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 89 of them in the general wards and 4 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

    As of today, a total of 945,597 people had been vaccinated against Covid-19 countrywide. Of these 287,215 are aged 58 years and above, health workers 163,167, teachers 148,353, security officers 79,948 and others are 266,914.

    The first shots of the Covid-19 vaccines being administered in Kenya on March 5, 2021.
    The first shots of the Covid-19 vaccines being administered in Kenya on March 5, 2021.
    Twitter
    fatal death