Kenya’s COVID-19 caseload tops 140,000, deaths hit 2,276

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FILE PHOTO: A local isolation ward for patients with COVID-19 in Machakos, Kenya, July 28, 2020. /VCG
FILE PHOTO: A local isolation ward for patients with COVID-19 in Machakos, Kenya, July 28, 2020. /VCG

Kenya’s COVID-19 caseload topped the 140,000 mark on Wednesday as a third wave of the virus continues to hit the East African country.

According to figures published by the health ministry, the country recorded 1,523 new cases of COVID-19 from a sample size of 7,423 tests conducted over the past 24 hours.

The country has now registered a total of 141,365 confirmed infections from a cumulative number of 1,530,736 tests.

In the same period, 18 virus-related deaths were reported, bringing the country’s total number of fatalities to 2,276.

The health ministry declared the onset of a third wave of the virus on March 10, following a spike in daily new cases.

Since then, there has been a steady rise in the country’s virus load and death toll.

In efforts to contain the pandemic, Kenya rolled out its mass vaccination drive last month, prioritizing groups considered to be at high risk, including healthcare workers, essential service providers and the elderly.

By Tuesday, more than 325,000 people had received their first jabs of the vaccines.

Various government-imposed containment measures also remain in place, including a nationwide nighttime curfew, a partial lockdown affecting the high risk regions as well as a mandatory wearing of face coverings in public.

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