Kenya’s COVID-19 fatalities reach 4,902

The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Kenya reached 4,902 on Saturday after the health ministry announced six new deaths.

The ministry also reported 511 new infections from a sample size of 6,434 tests conducted over the past 24 hours. This now takes the total number of confirmed cases to 243,456.

The caseload is the seventh-highest reported in Africa while the death toll is the sixth-highest on the continent.

The East African country embarked on a nationwide vaccination campaign in March in efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

So far, 3,081,610 vaccines have been administered, with the number of fully vaccinated people standing at 826,396.

According to the health ministry, 3.03 percent of the adult population is now fully vaccinated.

Apart from the vaccination exercise, the government has also imposed various containment measures, including a nationwide nighttime curfew, a ban on large public gatherings and the mandatory wearing of face masks in public.