The number of COVID-19 infections in Kenya rose to 134,058 on Wednesday after the ministry of health announced 1,412 new cases confirmed from a a sample size of 9,219 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
The ministry also announced 6 virus-related deaths, taking the country’s total number of fatalities to 2,153.
In the past few weeks, Kenya has seen a rise in new daily infections, prompting the ministry of health to declare a third wave of the pandemic.
The East African country’s virus load as well as its death toll are the eighth-highest recorded in Africa.
Various government-imposed containment measures remain in place, including a ban on public gatherings, a nationwide nighttime curfew and a partial lockdown affecting the high-risk regions.
A mass vaccination exercise is underway, with priority given to high-risk groups including healthcare workers, essential service providers and the elderly.
The ministry of health reported on Tuesday that more than 130,000 people had already received their first jabs of the vaccine.