There has been an instant rise in the cases of Covid-19 in the past one week and if nothing will be done, then Kenya is headed to the worst hit of the Covid-19 pandemic that it first unfolded.
In the past 7 days, more than 1,000 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus with more than 70 confirmed dead. On Tuesday, Kenya registered a positive rate of 12.26 percent, something that should leave us worried.
Given that the Ministry of Health has been doing targeted testing including in prisons, the number of confirmed cases from the sampled cases is a clear indication that the virus might have caught up with more Kenyans than what is being displayed on the surface.
The Ministry of Health CAS Mr. Rashid Aman says if the cases continue to rise, then the government might be forced to reintroduce the strict measures that will include cessation of movements as well shutting down the schools for the second time.
President Uhuru Kenyatta “opened up” the country and allowed Kenyans to “mingle” by allowing bars and clubs to resume and since then, Kenyans have been trooping in en masse, leading to the rise in the cases of Covid-19.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Professor George Magoha ordered schools to reopen with Grade 4, Standard 8, and Form 4 allowed back in school. However, it is emerging that thousands of schools are unprepared and the chances of students getting infected are high.
The political rallies are back and politicians are traversing the country, gathering crowds in total disregard of the Covid-19 protocols provided by the Ministry of Health and by the World Health Organization.
The Ministry of Health is busy warning of the second wave. The truth, however, is that we do not even know whether the first wave had come to an end after claims of them manually trying to flatten the curve.