Kenya’s COVID-19 crisis hits crescendo in November as deaths, infections spike

Source Xinhua

Kenya has recorded 14,081 new COVID-19 cases and 253 deaths in the last 14 days as November turns out to be the deadliest month of the disease in the East African nation since its outbreak in mid-March.

During the month, the country registered one of the highest numbers of infections in a day at 1,470 as deaths averaged 17 daily.

The number of deaths has risen for the sixth week in a row, with the country since the outbreak of the disease recording the highest fatalities, 152, in week 35, which ends on Saturday.

The total caseload on Saturday stood at 69,273 after 1,080 new cases from a sample of 8,322 were confirmed positive for the virus, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The number of fatalities, on the other hand, stood at 21, raising the total deaths since the outbreak of the disease to 1,249.

The ministry has attributed the high number of infections to people failing to adhere to COVID-19 containment measures, which include wearing facemasks and maintaining social distancing.

The government has moved in to enforce adherence to the measures.