Kenya confirms 14 COVID-19 deaths, almost 400 infections in last 24 hours

ANKARA (AA) – Kenya on Tuesday confirmed 14 COVID-19-related deaths and 382 infections in last 24 hours after doing 3,719 tests across the country of 55 million people.

Since last year Kenya’s Health Ministry has confirmed a total of 3,087 COVID-19-related deaths and 168,925 infections after doing nearly 1.79 million tests across the East African country, the ministry said in its latest update.

The ministry also confirmed more than 1,134 recoveries from the virus, bringing the number of confirmed recoveries so far to 115,813.

On Kenya’s vaccination campaign, the ministry said that, as of Tuesday, a total of 957,804 people have so far been vaccinated nationwide, including 561,649 people age 58 and above, 164,369 healthcare workers, 150,807 teachers, and 80,979 security officers.

On Monday, Senator Mutahi Kagwe, a top health official, stressed during a virtual meeting of the 74th World Health Assembly the need to establish local and regional manufacturing of vaccines to fight the shortage Africa is suffering in vaccines from abroad.

“We must step up regional and local manufacturing of vaccines by facilitating and fast-tracking regulatory and prequalification for local production, especially in Africa in WHO processes,” he said.