Counties To Be Put On Lockdown As Covid-19 Cases Rise

KEY POINTS

  • The Nationa Emergency Response Committee (NERC) is set to meet tomorrow to recommend a new raft of measures to contain a suspected second wave of coronavirus in the country.
  • Health experts have warned about the increasing community infections as social activities start peaking after the ease of the restrictions.
  • Nakuru, another perceived virus hotspot, registered 66 cases. Due to the high number of cases, the Nakuru Level Five hospital has banned visitors to curb further infections.

The country is likely to face fresh Covid-19 restrictions as the government seeks to curb the rising Covid-19 infection.

The Nationa Emergency Response Committee (NERC) is set to meet tomorrow to recommend a new raft of measures to contain a suspected second wave of coronavirus in the country.

An insider at the Ministry of Health told a local daily that the Health CS who leads the committee has called the meeting to recommend some restrictions to the President as fears rise that most Kenyans have dropped the placed guidelines to contain the virus.

Some of the recommendations may include partial lockdown in some parts of the country.

Some of the leading counties that are likely to be placed under partial lockdown include Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, and Turkana.

Health experts have warned about the increasing community infections as social activities start peaking after the ease of the restrictions.

Fears are emerging that the increasing political gathering, the opening of places of worship, and schools are fertile grounds for the spread of coronavirus.

The Health CS is expected to address the committee on recommending some restrictions to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The latest concern comes at a time the country continues to record rising rates of infections, with the past week registering over 4,311 new cases alone.

As of Friday the country registered 437 new cases.

Nairobi still leads in the number of new cases, with 136 people testing positive.

Nakuru, another perceived virus hotspot, registered 66 cases. Due to the high number of cases, the Nakuru Level Five hospital has banned visitors to curb further infections.

According to the deputy medical superintendent at the hospital, Dr. Aisha Maina said the call was part of the measures to safeguard the wellbeing of patients.

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“It is the responsibility of the hospital to control the number of visitors who come in during this Covid-19 period,” she said.

Health official has linked the increasing number of the case to irresponsible among residents

With social places, individuals do not wear face masks or observe social distancing,” county Health executive, Dr. Kariuki Gichuki.said

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