Kenya reports 460 new COVID-19 cases as positivity rate remains high

Kenyans walk past an informative mural about the Coronavirus along Haile Selassie avenue in Nairobi. Kenyans have made creative ideas of informative messages in murals, skits, face masks, songs and many more since the first case of covid-19 was confirmed. /Boniface Muthoni/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kenya edged towards 140,000 as the country continues battling a third wave of infections.

The Ministry of Health reported 460 new cases on Monday taking the total caseload to 139,448. With the number of cases coming from a sample to 2,753, the nation’s positivity rate was 16.7 percent, more than three times the World Health Organization’s threshold.

FILE PHOTO: Kenyans walk past an informative mural about the Coronavirus along Haile Selassie avenue in Nairobi. (Photo by Boniface Muthoni/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

1,590 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,998 patients are on a home-based isolation and care program, according to the ministry.

The death toll, which has spiked during the third wave, rose to 2,244 after 20 more fatalities were reported.

“20 deaths have been reported, (1) in the last 24 hours, 10 in the last one month & 9 are late death reports from facility record audits. Cumulative fatalities are at 2,244,” the ministry said in a statement.

The number of recoveries also rose to 94,361 after 178 patients recovered from the disease; 99 from health facilities and 79 are from the Home-based and Isolation Care program.

282,518 people have been vaccinated since the government officially began a free nationwide vaccination campaign on March 5 after receiving one million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, through the COVAX facility.

The third wave of COVID-19 infections in the East African country has resulted in health facilities being overwhelmed and the government placing fresh restrictions in five regions, including the capital Nairobi, which were designated as hot spots.

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