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COVID-19; Kenya, Positivity Rate At 9.1% Wednesday As Nyanza Region Post More Infections

The Ministry of Health reported 485 news cases on Wednesday, from a 5,355 sample size, representing a 9.1% positivity rate.

According to the Ministry, Homa Bay, Siaya, and Kisumu counties maintained COVID-19 virus peak posting accounting for 36% of the total new cases reported. Nairobi remains at the top of the list posting 25% of the infections.

The spike of infections at the lake side region emerged after Kisumu County hosted Madaraka day celebrations early in June, with the sudden rise in infections attributed to huge crowds that were drawn by the celebrations.

Tens of cases of the Indian variant have also been recorded in Kisumu County.

Out of the new cases 467 were Kenyans while 18 are foreigners.

There were no reported deaths. The cumulative fatalities remain at 3,428.

The number of who had recovered stood at 121,206 after 312 new recoveries were reported.

102 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 29 of whom are on ventilatory support and 60 on supplemental oxygen. 13 patients are under
observation.

Another 115 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 110 of them in general wards and 5 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is a 16.6% with the majority being females at 56.4% while males are at 43.6% Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is less than 1%.

The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is as follows:
Health Workers 46,369, Others 45,353, Aged 58 years and above 42,883, Teachers 18,512 while Security Officers are at 11,444.

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