1,609 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths push Kenya’s COVID-19 infection rate up to 22.4%

Written by on December 17, 2021

The Positivity rate of COVID-19 in Kenya has now risen to alarmingly high levels of 22.4%, with over 1000 cases confirmed in the previous 24 hours.

The Health ministry reported on Friday that out of 7,176 persons tested in the past 24 hours, 1,609 have COVID-19. This week’s positive rates were 10.6% and 16.3% on Wednesday and Thursday.

The overall number of verified positives is currently 260,166, with 2,915,257 tests completed.

1512 Kenyans and 97 foreigners are among the new cases, with the youngest at one year and the oldest at eighty-nine.

Distribution of the Positive cases across counties:

Nairobi 853, Kiambu 158, Nakuru 113, Kericho 97, Mombasa 54, Kajiado 33, Kitui 32, Kisumu 29, Machakos 28, Murang’a 22, Uasin Gishu 22, Kwale 21, Kakamega 19, Narok 18, Trans Nzoia 14, Kirinyaga 13, Siaya 13, Embu 10, Tharaka Nithi 9, Nyeri 8, Kilifi 7, West Pokot 6, Meru 5, Busia 5, Makueni 4, Garissa 3, Isiolo 3, Baringo 3, Nyandarua 3, Laikipia 2, Bomet 1 and Vihiga 1.

The ministry also reported 38 patients recovered, 35 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care program and three from other health centers around the nation. The total is 249,192.

Three persons died in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 5,353.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe told newsrooms that 186 individuals were hospitalized to different health institutions, while 2,639 were under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

“Nine patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), three are on ventilatory support, and six are on supplemental oxygen.”

“There are 41 patients on supplementary oxygen, 40 of them are in general wards,” Kagwe noted. One patient is in the HDU

The CS also claimed that as of December 15, 2021, 8,665,288 vaccinations have been given nationwide.

5,181,626 were partly vaccinated, while 3,483,662 were completely immunized. The second dosage was absorbed by 56.7% of those who had received the first.

Adults were completely immunized at 12.8%. The government plans to vaccinate 27,246,033 people.

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