The first batch of Covid-19 vaccine expected on Tuesday 2 March amid new cases.

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Health Cs Mutahi Kagwe during a past address

Health Cs Mutahi Kagwe has said that the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine will arrive on Tuesday 2nd March comprising of 1.02 million doses of Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine, with Kenya expected to import 24 million doses of the vaccine. The vaccine is expected to arrive through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access(Covax) facility.

The Cs said that the health workers will be prioritized as the first ones to receive the vaccine in all the 47 counties and other frontline workers like teachers and security personnel.

“Healthcare workers and other frontline workers in 47 counties will receive the vaccine in the county referral hospitals,” said Kagwe.

New Covid-19 cases

According to the Ministry of Health report yesterday, Nairobi county still tops the number of infections. Yesterday 28th February, the ministry reported 325 new positive cases among which 207 new cases were from the capital.

Currently, the total number of infections is at 105, 973. The 325 cases reported yesterday were from a sample size of 3,282 with the accumulative tests conducted being 1,298,838.

From the reported cases, 296 were Kenyans while 29 being foreigners. 245 were males and 80 females with the youngest case being a one-year-old baby and the oldest 85 years old.

Busia county came second after Nairobi with 30 cases, Mombasa 21, Machakos 14, Kiambu 11, Kajiado 9, Uasin Gishu 5, Garissa 5, Nakuru 4, Meru 4, Tharaka Nithi 4, Murang’a 2, Kericho 2, Kirinyaga 1, Makueni 1, Migori 1, Narok 1, Kakamega 1, West Pokot 1 and finally Bungoma 1 case.

Two patients succumbed to the disease pushing the cumulative fatalities to 1,856. A total of 347 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,495 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care. 58 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 26 of whom are on ventilatory support and 28 on supplemental oxygen. 4 patients are on observation. 15 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 14 of them in the general wards. One patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).