Kenya’s COVID-19 deaths top 2,000 as caseload continues to rise

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FILE PHOTO: A COVID-19 patient isolation center in Machacos town in eastern Kenya, on August 3, 2020. /VCG
FILE PHOTO: A COVID-19 patient isolation center in Machacos town in eastern Kenya, on August 3, 2020. /VCG

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Kenya surpassed the 2,000 mark on Sunday as the East African country struggles to contain a third wave of the virus.

The country’s ministry of health reported 17 new deaths recorded over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative virus-related fatalities to 2,011.

In the same period, infections in the country rose by 747, bringing the total number of cases to 120,910.

The rise is the lowest recorded in the last six days as health officials project the third wave may be deadlier than the first two.

Kenya is one of only nine African countries that have registered more than 100,000 COVID-19 infections.

The country’s caseload is the eighth-highest on the continent, only shadowed by tallies reported by South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Libya.

A mass vaccination drive is currently underway in the East African country targeting healthcare workers, essential service providers, the elderly and other high-risk groups.

Government-imposed containment measures remain in place in efforts to curb further spread of the virus, including a nationwide nighttime curfew, a ban on public gatherings and mandatory wearing of face masks.

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