Kenya’s Covid-19 cases continue to rise, with the majority of people under the age of 40 having the disease.
Yesterday, 502 people out of a sample size of 3,503 tested positive for the disease. The country’s positivity rate was 14.3 percent. Analysis by Saturday Nation shows the country has recorded an average positivity rate of 12.6 percent over the past seven days.
As the Department of Health ramps up vaccination campaigns and reintroduces containment measures like masks, experts say vaccinations persist remain the weapon to reduce hospitalizations and serious cases. Cumulative data from across the country shows that the highest burden of new cases is in people aged 30 to 39, closely followed by those under 30 but not under 20.
The ministry’s data shows that these are the oldest people (60 years and older) and the youngest (9 years and under) have the lowest case numbers. On the other hand, despite rising positivity, the number of fully vaccinated adults remains unchanged at 31 percent during the sixth wave.
A negligible number of children under the age of 15 have received the vaccine.
A screenshot from one of Nairobi’s private schools circulating on social media last week indicated a worrying trend in absenteeism from school children, which they described as a “disease”.
National Health The latest situation report The Ministry shows that only about 41,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15 have been vaccinated.
On the other hand, over a million teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 have received the vaccine. The latest data from the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) shows that about 31 children under the age of 18 became infected during the sixth wave. Of the 31, only five are enrolled students.
In breaking down the data on Saturday Nation, a Covid-19 modeling expert working with LREB, Dr. Shem Otoi that 18 of the 31 cases were asymptomatic. The rest show up with symptoms such as general body weakness, headache, sore throat, runny nose, difficulty breathing and loss of taste.
“Our analysis shows that children with underlying conditions are more likely to be infected with Covid-19 and hospitalized. Those diseases are diabetes, heart disease, sickle cell anemia, hypertension and HIV,” he said.
But Gitahi Githinji, chief executive officer of Amref, said the focus should remain on the vulnerable elderly population. “I think our focus should be on accelerating vaccination of people over the age of 15, especially older people who are at higher risk,” he said.
On Thursday, when the country announced its highest positivity rate of 15.4 per recorded Since the beginning of the sixth wave, the LREB had registered more than 100 cases in a single day for the first time in four months.
“We have observed that persons under 30 years of age in the LREB experience a disproportionate number of infections, averaging 56 percent of all infections,” said Dr. Otoi.
However, some experts say the sixth wave is mild, and daily reports of the sixth wave show that the country has not recorded any new deaths in the past 30 days. Fewer patients were admitted and few inpatients (less than five in a day) are in ICU.
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