Kenya’s Positivity Rate Lowering to Pre-Lockdown Period

A team of health officials conducting a burial of a Covid-19 victim
  • 241 individuals have tested positive for Covid-19, out of a sample size of 2,515 tested in the last 24 hours.

    The positivity rate also dropped to 9.6 percent – a significant improvement from a high of 22 percent cited by President Uhuru Kenyatta when announcing lockdown of five counties in March 2021. 

    The total number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases now stands at 151,894 while the cumulative tests conducted so far are 1,605,847.

    Of the cases announced today, 228 are Kenyans while 13 are foreigners, while 135 are male and 106 are female. The youngest is a seven-year- old infant while the oldest is 90- years old.

    A team of health officials conducting a burial of a Covid-19 victim in May 2020

    Regrettably, 20 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. one occurred in the last 24 hours, 11 on diverse dates within the last one month while 8 are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits. This pushes our cumulative fatalities to 2,501.

    At the same time, 636 patients have recovered from the disease, 487 from the Home-Based and Isolation Care, while 149 are from various health facilities. 

    The total number of recoveries now stands at 102,278.

    Currently, a total of 1,651 patients are admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 6,161 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

    250 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 57 of whom are on ventilatory support and 150 on supplemental oxygen. 43 patients are on observation.

    Another 201 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 190 of them in the general wards and 11 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

    Members of Senate in session at Parliament Building Nairobi on January 29, 2020.
    Members of Senate in session at Parliament Building Nairobi on January 29, 2020.

    Elsewhere, the Senate Health Committee has warned governors against sending their County Executive Committee Members (CECs) to represent them when they are invited to shed light on how COVID-19 funds disbursed to their counties were utilized.  

    This comes after Murang’a governor Mwangi Wa Iria failed to appear before the Committee and instead sent County Health CEC on Monday, April 19.  

    The senators made it clear that those governors who fail to appear before the committee, will be issued with summons.

    “If we take this direction that we have seen from Governors, then we are starting on a wrong foot and it will be in order to provoke our standing orders to summon Murang’a governor,†said Kisumu senator Fred Outa.

    Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina urged governors and especially second-term governors to respect the oversight role entrusted to the Senate and be accountable for the funds given to them.

    “We are doing oversight and if you are invited to shed light on misappropriation of funds in your county and you fail to appear, remember these are matters that can follow you even in your retirement,†he said.  

    The Auditor General’s report indicted county governments misused COVID-19 funds after receiving over Sh13.8 billion for COVID-19 related expenditures.


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