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Kenya records 565 new Covid-19 cases, positivity rate at 12.6pc.

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Kenya recorded 565 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, with a positive rate of 12.6%, up from 9.7% on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 235,863. The cases were based on a sample of 4,494 tested in the last 24 hours.

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Of the new infections, 554 Kenyans while 11 are foreigners, 292 are women and 273 are men. The youngest child is 11 months old while the oldest is 95 years old.

The total number of additional tests performed to date is 2,371,571.

Nairobi County was at the forefront with the highest number of new infections with 157 cases followed by Kiambu and 95, Nakuru 73, Uasin Gishu 35, Murang’a 27, Kisumu 25 and others.

In a statement on Tuesday, Cabinet Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that more than 1,280 patients had recovered from the disease, with 1,062 of them in home care and 218 in hospital.

The total rehabilitation is now at 223,637, of which 181,238 are out of the home isolation program, while 42,399 are from various health facilities across the country.

Mr Kagwe also said six deaths were reported on Tuesday, five of which were delayed deaths after inspecting the station’s records on various dates in August 2021. This now brings the death toll to 4,726.

According to CS Kagwe, 1,898 patients have been admitted to various hospitals across the country, while 5,037 are being kept in solitary confinement. He added that 160 patients are on intensive care, including 103 on respiratory support and 53 on supplemental oxygen. Four patients are monitored.

Another 807 patients receive extra oxygen on the side, with 736 in total wards and 71 in dependency units.

In terms of vaccination, a total of 2,773,239 vaccines were given across the country. Of these, the total number of first measurement is 1,968,656, while the second measurement is 804,583.

The absorption of the second dose among those who received their first dose is 40.9 percent, the majority being men 55%, while the number of fully vaccinated adults is 2.95 percent.

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