Kenya records 76 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours

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Kenya has today recorded 76 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

The cases were from a sample size of 4,853. The positivity rate is now at 1.6 per cent. From the new cases, 66 are Kenyans while 10 are foreigners.

Forty-six are men while 30 are women.

The youngest is a one-year-old child while the oldest is aged 88.

The total confirmed cases in Kenya are 255,164, with cumulative tests at 2,839,918. 

Kenya's recoveries were pushed to 248,350 after 32 patients recovered.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said there were no deaths reported, thus the total deaths stand at 5,335.

As of yesterday, more than seven million Kenyans had been vaccinated. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 57 per cent. The proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 10.1 per cent.

Meanwhile, Health PS Susan Mochache ruled out the resumption of lockdown in the wake of the Omicron  Covid-19 variant.

This, as the government enhances stringent measures, including intensified checks at the country’s entry points, scaling up vaccination drives and observance of prevention measures.

Speaking after receiving 200,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China at the JKIA on Tuesday, Mochache said the government was adopting precautionary measures to ensure the new variant of Covid-19 did not interrupt the economy, especially tourism that picks in December.

The new Omicron variant , which was first reported in South Africa on 24 November 2021, has created concern in the country, and globally after the World Health Organisation warned of “increased risk of re-infection with this variant as compared to others.”  

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