Kenya’s COVID-19 cases top 110,000, health ministry declares onset of third wave


The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Kenya surpassed the 110,000 mark on Wednesday as the Ministry of Health reported 713 new cases from a sample size of 5,230 tests conducted over the past 24 hours.

The latest number of new cases is the highest figure reported since the turn of the year, and it takes the country’s total tally to 110,356.

The East African country has seen a resurgence in new infections over the past week, prompting Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe to declare that the country is experiencing a third wave of the virus.

The minister also announced 12 new virus-related deaths, raising the country’s total number of fatalities to 1898.

The East African country is one of a host of states in Africa that have already rolled out COVID-19 vaccinations. The inoculation drive has prioritized healthcare workers and high-risk groups.

Kagwe said the country hopes to vaccinate 15 Million Kenyans by June 2023.