Kenya’s COVID-19 fatalities near 5,000 mark

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A healthcare worker transports newly arrived beds and mattresses at the isolation center at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, eastern Kenya, July 28, 2020. /CFP Image
A healthcare worker transports newly arrived beds and mattresses at the isolation center at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, eastern Kenya, July 28, 2020. /CFP Image

The number of COVID-19 fatalities recorded in Kenya is nearing the 5,000 mark even as the country ramps us vaccinations to protect its population.

According to the latest figures published by the health ministry, Kenya had registered 4,949 virus-related deaths by Wednesday, from a total of 244,826 infections.

The country’s death toll is the seventh-highest national tally reported in Africa, just as is the caseload.

The health ministry has ramped up vaccinations across the country as it targets to inoculate 30 million people by the end of 2022.

So far, 3,192,099 vaccine doses have been administered, with second doses accounting for 838,656.

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe earlier announced plans to roll out vaccine production by next year.

Other than the vaccinations, various government-imposed containment measures remain in place, including a nationwide nighttime curfew, a ban on public gatherings and the mandatory wearing of face coverings.

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