Brace to live with the virus, MoH tells Kenyans

Written By: Margaret Kalekye
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Kenyans have no choice but to adjust to the new normal as all indications show that coronavirus could be endemic.

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Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi speaking Thursday during the daily Covid-19 briefing said the government was fully aware the virus is not disappearing any time soon, a scenario that has been confirmed by experts and scientists modelling the disease.

She says the Ministry of Health is charting a way forward as to how the country can live with the virus that is spreading fast with the number of infections increasing by the day.

She spoke as the country’s number of confirmed case rose to 758 after 21 more people tested positive for the virus.

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“Indeed this virus may be with us for a long time to come and therefore it requires us one, to maintain our current containment measures and two, ensure that we can actually chat a way forward as to how we are able to actually live with corona…”

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The CAS said just like other countries grappling with the pandemic, the Ministry of Health is evaluating different interventions that will pave way for reopening of businesses while still containing the virus.

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She assured the country will defeat the virus the same way it has succeeded in mitigating and living with HIV. She called on the public to adhere to the measures put in place to combat the virus.

“Different countries are putting in play interventions as to how they can continue with a new normal.  We will never go back to the olden days. We are evaluating the same measures of how we can maintain continuity of business while ensuring social/physical distancing handwashing and masking as we prevent rising cases”.

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World Health Organization (WHO) has also warned coronavirus “may never go away”.

Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear.

He added that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a “massive effort”.

Almost 300,000 people worldwide are reported to have died with coronavirus, and more than 4.3m cases recorded.

Populations have been put under some form of lockdown since the coronavirus crisis began in January.

 

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