Kenya reports 1,008 new COVID-19 cases
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Kenya on Thursday reported 1,008 new COVID-19 infections, taking its total caseload to 59,595.

The east African nation continues to see an upsurge in new infections that has forced the government to reintroduce measures to curb the spread.

Kenya's death toll from the pandemic rose to 1,072 after 21 patients succumbed to the coronavirus.

Kenya is one of only nine African countries that have reported more than 50,000 COVID-19 infections.

On Wednesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a raft of new measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

In the directive, curfew hours were adjusted to start from 10pm to 4am, while political rallies were banned for a period of two months.

The country's police force has also announced plans to enforce laid out health protocols following the rising number of reported cases.

In Thursday's press briefing, the ministry of health noted that 1,262 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,189 are on home-based isolation and care.

802 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing Kenya’s total recoveries to 39,193.