Kenya confirms 20 new COVID-19 deaths, nearly 1K cases


The Kenyan Ministry of Health confirmed 20 more coronavirus-related deaths and 965 new infections on Thursday after 7,311 tests for the virus were conducted.

New infections were found in people between the ages of 2 months and 97 years.

The number brings the number of confirmed deaths to 2,560 and infections to 153,488 after the ministry conducted 1,624,663 tests since March 2020.

While 88 people are said to have recovered on Thursday, this total is 105,367, according to the ministry.

Speaking of the ongoing vaccination campaign, health officials said, “By the end of Thursday, a total of 778,254 people had been vaccinated against COVID-19 across the country.”

Those vaccinated include 446,329 people aged 58 and over, 148,358 health workers, 119,161 teachers and 64,406 security officers.

Kenya has seen a third wave of the virus in which various measures and restrictions have been imposed in the East African country, including stopping all movement by road, rail or air in and out of disease-infected areas.

Counties that are off-limits are Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu, and Nakuru.

An ongoing nationwide curfew was revised in late March to start at 8 p.m. and end at 4 a.m. in affected areas.

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