The Kenya Ministry of Health has stated that the 13 counties under lockdown remain very much in danger as infections continue to soar.
On Monday, Health CAS, Dr Mercy Mwangangi, said they had increased surveillance in the 13 counties in the red zone, stating that they still reported worrying COVID cases and deaths.
Attack rate rises
“Looking at the numbers in the 13 counties when compared to the 47 counties, one key thing worrying us is that the attack rate, which is the measure of the new cases, has almost gone up 15-fold in these counties,” Dr Mercy Mwangangi said.
Additionally, The Ministry confirmed that there was an increase in the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus, formerly called the Indian variant. Dr Mercy Mwangangi said their KEMRI labs established that the Delta variant was a cause of concern in the 13 counties.
“…What is of concern and of importance to those living in the 13 counties is that we have picked the Delta variant, and we therefore, need to adhere to the measures because we want to stop community transmission,” The Health CAS said.
Banning of movement
Last week, the government put 13 counties under lockdown after they reported a surge in COVID-19 cases. The counties were Kisumu, Nyamira, Kisii, Siaya, Kericho, Bungoma, Bomet, Kakamega, Busia, Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, Homa Bay and Migori.
During the announcement, the Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, said the counties had a combined positivity rate of 21 %, far higher than the national average of 9 %.
“Except for the emergency service and essential services, we strongly discourage the movement between the hotspot and the rest of the country,” Mutahi Kagwe had said.
Kenya has so far recorded 179,293 COVID-19 cases, with daily infections fluctuating up and down due to fluctuation in sample sizes. However, the positivity rate nationally has been between 8-10 per cent over the past few days.