1,354 people have tested positive for the disease, out of a sample of 7,732 people tested in the past 24 hours. The total number of confirmed positive cases is now 118,889. Cumulative testing to date is 1,402,480. Of the cases, 1,301 are Kenyans while 53 are foreigners.
Nairobi has 717 cases, Nakuru 174, Kiambu 100, Machakos 55, Kisumu 40, Mombasa 35, Trans Nzoia 28, Nandi 27, Kericho 25, Siaya 17, Bomet 13, Kajiado 13, Baringo 11, Kilifi 10, Taita Taveta 8, Meru 8, Nyandarua 8, Busia 7, Mandera 7, Kakamega 7, Makueni 6, Murang’a 5, Kitui 4, Homa Bay 4, Nyamira 4, Bungoma 3, Migori 3, Nyeri 3, Tharaka Nithi 2, Embu 2, Kirinyaga 1 , Kwale 1, Laikipia 1, Marsabit 1, Uasin Gishu 1, Vihiga 1, Wajir 1 and Elgeyo Marakwet 1.
On a positive note, 185 patients have recovered from the disease, 136 from home care and isolation, while 49 are from various health facilities. Total recoveries now stand at 89,388.
We continue to thank our healthcare workers for their continued dedication to the duty that has enabled us to achieve these results and more.
Update of the Covid-19 vaccination exercise:
A total of 355,500 doses were distributed to 10 regional stores across the country, including the military, out of a total allocation of 530,000 doses.
Regional stores include Eldoret, Garissa, Kakamega, Kisumu, Mandera, Meru, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyeri and the military. 28,255 health workers, teachers and security officers were vaccinated.
We have noticed a lot of enthusiasm among members of the public to be vaccinated against this deadly virus, which is a good thing. However, I would like to appeal to other Kenyans to be calm and patient as we go through this first phase, for our essential services staff.
We are in the third wave of this virus, and it is a wave that threatens to erase any gains we have made as a country in the fight against the pandemic over the past year.
The number of people admitted to our health facilities with the virus has increased at an alarming rate. 114 patients had been admitted to our intensive care units (ICU).
That number has risen to 123. Many of them are on supplemental oxygen. A total of 148 are supported with supplemental and supplemental oxygen. 17 others were transferred to the High Dependency Unit (HDU).
28 patients lost their lives to the disease, an increase of 11 from the number given for 17 deaths. The number is not only the highest this year, but also the highest we have seen since the virus was first reported in Kenya.
The number of people admitted to hospital has also skyrocketed, with 830 being admitted to various health facilities while 2,332 are in isolation and in home care.
The rise in cases is an indication that we have let our guard down and the majority of us have thrown all caution out the window.
It’s time to get back to basics, by strictly adhering to the containment measures we have advised you.
This includes washing hands with soap and water, wearing face masks at all times in public places, maintaining social and physical distancing and avoiding any form of gathering, whether social or policies.
Earlier this year, we saw a drop in the number of counties reporting cases, and even then the cases were low. On January 20, for example, only 17 counties reported positive cases, that number more than doubled to 38.
Many of those who contract the virus do not get it from outside, but rather from members of their community. The implication here is that Covid-19 is now well in our communities, and we need to be more careful in how we run our day-to-day affairs in our own communities.
We must avoid any form of gathering and follow to the letter the various restrictive measures announced by His Excellency the President last week.
The government has already procured some 1.2 million doses of vaccine and the vaccination exercise is underway at all of our national and county referral hospitals as well as other designated centers across the country.
Those currently vaccinated are health workers, teachers, members of the security forces, including army, police and immigration officers, among others.
All people who belong to these executives can be vaccinated wherever the exercise takes place, provided that they produce the documents to identify themselves with our health teams.
Almost two-thirds of the deaths we see are of elderly and vulnerable people over the age of 60 and over.
Therefore, CS for Health has ordered that we change our priority list to cover this very important framework in our society.