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1,263 test positive for Covid-19 in Kenya in the last 24 hours

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy JAEL MBOGA | Thu,Aug 19 2021 17:59:25 EAT
By JAEL MBOGA | Thu,Aug 19 2021 17:59:25 EAT

Some 1,263 positive cases for Covid-19 have been recorded in Kenya in the last 24 hours, pushing the country's total infections to 225,663.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said this was from a sample size of 8,680. The positivity rate now stands at 14.6 per cent.

In a statement, CS Kagwe said 1,234 of the positive cases were Kenyans while 29 were foreigners.

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Some 1,982 patients are currently admitted with Covid.

From the positive cases, 640 were men while 623 were women, with the youngest being an eight-day-old infant and the oldest aged 101.

The cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,287,443.

Some 719 patients recovered, pushing the recoveries to 208,169.

Unfortunately, 26 patients succumbed to Covid, with the national fatalities now at 4,404.

As of yesterday, 2,221,704 vaccines had been administered countrywide. Of these, the total first doses are 1454102, while the second doses are 767,602.

Kenya has received an additional 407,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the United Kingdom to boost the uptake of Covid-19 vaccines.

While receiving the vaccines at JKIA on Tuesday, Acting Director-General of Health Dr Patrick Amoth, said the Ministry of Health is targeting to vaccinate at least 10 million Kenyans by year’s end and 26 million by June 2022. Over two million Kenyans have received at least the first jab.

So far, the UK has donated a total of 817,000 Covid-19 vaccines and Dr Amoth, who was representing Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, said additional vaccines will solve shortage issues besides alleged hesitancy in the uptake of jabs.

Kenya will receive “additional 390,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson and 1.7 million doses of Moderna and 400,000 doses from Canada and Pfizer from the USA by mid-September,” noted Kagwe in his speech read by Amoth.

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