MOH: Schools may not reopen due to spike in Covid cases

Written By: Prudence Wanza
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CAS Health, Dr Mercy Mwangangi during Good Morning Kenya show on KBC Channel 1

Schools in the country might not re-open fully owing to a spike in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks.

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Speaking on Thursday during Good Morning Kenya show aired on KBC Channel 1, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said with the high number of COVID-19 cases, only Grade four, Class eight, and Form four candidates will continue with their studies in the short term.

“In light of the current curve, we shall sustain it at grade fours, class eights, and those who are doing their national exams as we analyze the situation to see what happens.” She stated

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The CAS pointed to the challenge of observing social distancing in schools and among children saying the country has to adapt and learn to live with the virus.

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Mwangangi calling on parents to remain calm urging them to ensure their children are provided with protective gear as well as encouraging them to adhere to safety measures.

At the same time, Dr. Mwangangi called on Kenyans to strictly adhere to COVID-19 containment measures saying the possibility of a second wave should be taken seriously.

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“The warning of a second wave by the CS should be taken seriously. Experts are telling us we are not doing well, our curve is climbing,” She said

She attributed the surge in COVID-19 cases to Kenyans no longer adhering to containment measures insisting that the disease is still here and everyone should keep their guard.

“49 people are currently in ICU admission for COVID-19. The numbers are real. We are pleading with Kenyans as a Ministry to keep wearing their masks, washing hands, and adhering to all safety measures,” Dr. Mwangangi said

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She said the Ministry of Health is looking at all elements such as the mandatory wearing of masks and using community administrators to ensure safety measures are adhered to at the community level.

According to the CAS, all options including imposing another lockdown, are on the table to escalate the safety measures saying the Government must protect its citizenry.

Currently, the COVID-19 caseload in the country stands at 46,144 with 858 fatalities recorded since the first case of the disease was reported in the county in March.

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