Fear, apprehension as Counties battle coronavirus second wave

It is now official; Kenya is facing a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the ravages of the virus are being felt across the country, county administrations appear to be suffering the brunt.

Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe is currently meeting the Council of Governors and other stakeholders including representatives from the World Health Organization in Mombasa over the obtaining situation.

The CS who has painted a grim picture of the situation says the Health ministry will give further directions after the review on the resurgence of infections is concluded.

The daily upsurge in the number of cases and hospitalisations which may overrun the country’s health systems however remains troubling.

With the increase in infections, deaths and number of patients in ICU, experts are warning of a dire situation should Kenyans continue disregarding guidelines and protocols given issued by the Ministry of Health.

Focus has now shifted to counties whose capacity to cope with the rising cases is over-stretched.

Four counties are already feeling the heat with some being forced to temporarily close to contain the fast-spreading virus after several employees contracted the disease.

Kakamega county is mourning the death of its top county official who succumbed to the disease while 57 health workers have tested positive for the virus.

Scores of MCAs and county government staff in Mombasa, Homabay and Bungoma have also contracted the virus. Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is also the COG chair has admitted that the situation is getting worse while calling on Kenyans not be complacent.

Some counties are yet to meet the 300-bed capacity target as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July.

The spread of the virus is not relenting and the government Thursday admitted that the country is experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic as the country’s caseload crossed the 52,000 mark after 761 new cases were confirmed on Thursday.

The death toll has reached 964. Since Monday the virus has claimed 44 lives.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for a meeting with 47 county chiefs on Wednesday to review the impact of the phased reopening of the economy amid the spike.

The probability of the extraordinary summit slated for November 4 escalating the Covid restrictions remains high.


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