We have already covered so much about the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has brought a devastating effect on the world economy since the first case was reported in December 2019.
The effects continue to be felt until now as more and more cases are being reported in different parts of the world.
It is important to note that the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic in March 2020. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the situation will worsen.
“We expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher,” said Tedros.
By the time WHO declared the virus a pandemic,114 countries have already reported that 118,000 have contracted Covid-19. Nearly 4,300 people have also died.
In Kenya, the first case was reported on 12th March 2020. The case was of a Kenyan citizen who had travelled back to Nairobi returning from the United States of America via London, United Kingdom on the 5th March 2020. This was according to the Ministry of Health.
As of today, 7th February 2021, the country has reported 101,819 cases, 1,770 and 84,361 recovered.
As of 4th February 2021, the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the African continent had hit 3,634,276 which represented around 3.46 percent of the infections around the world. South Africa was the most drastically affected reporting more than 1.5 million cases.
Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases has so far hit 106,514,949. 2,323,928 deaths have been reported with 78,155,668 recovered cases. The United States of America USA is the most affected, reporting over 26 million cases as of today.
While New York was the early U.S. epicentre of the pandemic, it has now been surpassed by California, Texas, and Florida in cases, with the Golden State surpassing 3 million according to latest data from Statista.
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Several researchers have so far already developed vaccines with the challenge of making it available to people around the world.
In December 2020, countries like the United Kingdom had already begun the rollout of a vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech, something WHO Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described as outstanding.
For countries like Kenya, the COVID vaccine is not yet here but the country will vaccinate 16 million people against Covid-19 by June 2022.
We will continue to share more numbers and updates.