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Covid-19: Kenya records 495 new cases, 19 deaths

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy MIRERI JUNIOR | Thu,Apr 29 2021 15:56:04 EAT
By MIRERI JUNIOR | Thu,Apr 29 2021 15:56:04 EAT

Kenya has recorded 495 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising the country's caseload to 158,821.

Health ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the new infections were discovered in 4,929 samples. Following the latest release, Kenya’s positivity rate now stands at 10 per cent.

The country has thus far tested 1.66 million Kenyans for Covid-19.

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Out of the 495 new patients, 297 were male, whereas 198 were female, with the youngest carrier aged one and the oldest aged 96.

Thirteen of the new patients were foreigners, while the rest were Kenyans.

Kenya recorded 242 new recoveries, pushing the number of healed patients just over the 108,000 mark. Fifty-one of the recovered persons had been admitted to various hospitals, while 191 were under home-based care..

So far, recoveries recorded among patients in home-based arrangement are 78,691 whereas those who had to undergo hospital treatment are 29,433.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya’s Covid toll reached 2,707 on Thursday after 19 were confirmed dead in the last 24 hours.

According to the CS, 191 of the current active Covid cases are admitted to various hospitals’ intensive care facilities, with 129 on supplemental oxygen.

Nairobi, Mombasa and Kericho lead in cases

In counties’ distribution, Nairobi leads with 92, Mombasa 50, Kericho 42, Embu 36, Uasin Gishu 22, Kisii 20, Bungoma 18, Kisumu and Nakuru 17 cases each, Nyeri 16, Busia 15, Kilifi 13, Garissa 12, Siaya 11, Kitui, Meru and Muranga 10 cases each, Kirinyaga and Trans Nzoia 9 cases each, Nandi and Kiambu 7 cases each, Makueni and Nyandarua 6 cases each, Bomet 5, Kajiado, Nyamira and Taita Taveta 4 cases each, Laikipia, Turkana, Machakos and Migori 3 cases each, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Samburu and Homa Bay  2 cases each, Kakamega, Kwale, Narok, Vihiga and West Pokot reported a case each.


On vaccination, Kenya has thus far vaccinated 865,897 persons against Covid-19.

Persons aged 58 years and above account for a bulk of the vaccinees, with 502,893 confirmed to have received the jab.

Healthcare workers follow, with 145,344 of them immunised against the contagion. Teachers (134,083) and security officers (72,581) also top the number of vaccinated persons in Kenya.

Nairobi has the highest number of Covid vaccinees, with 264,490. The capital city is followed by Nakuru (58,359), Kiambu (45,403), Uasin Gishu (41,137) and Nyeri (33, 706), which rounds up the five most-vaccinated regions in the country.

As of Tuesday, April 27, 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca had been administered, with only 21,000 doses remaining at the Kitengela Central Vaccines depot.

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