Africa CDC says Kenya experiencing sixth wave of COVID-19

Africa CDC says Kenya experiencing sixth wave of COVID-19

A healthcare worker administers the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to a woman outside a polling station in Laudium, Pretoria, on November 1, 2021. PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report on COVID-19 which places Kenya among countries experiencing the sixth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the report released on Thursday, Kenya and Mauritius are the only two nations classified in the said category among the 54 African Union (AU) member states following the recent surge in cases.

“Two member States (Kenya and Mauritius) experienced a 6th COVID-19 wave. Since the last briefing, One additional member State (Kenya) is experiencing the 6th wave,” stated Africa CDC.

In yet another database, Kenya is also listed among States with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the period between June 6-12.

Kenya is said to have recorded a 92 per cent increase during the said duration, placing it fourth after South Africa, Morocco and Ethiopia.

“The following 5 countries are reporting the highest number of new cases: South Africa (10,385), Morocco (5,410),  Ethiopia (3,951), Kenya (1,591)  and Zambia (1,076),” read the report.

Consequently, in regard to the death rate within the period, the continent recorded a substantive decrease of five per cent.

Kenya being among the five most populated countries, recorded no change in the death rate for the duration.

This as Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Thursday announced 427 new COVID-19 infections, marking a 12.9 per cent increase from May when the positivity rate was about 3.8 per cent.


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