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Government to resort to lockdown as COVID cases rise again

We could soon go back to movement restrictions is COVID cases keep rising, MoH has said.

Speaking during the daily COVID debriefing, Health CAS, Dr Rashid Aman said that there had been a steady climb in infections over the past few days. Dr Aman said that the country has now begun seeing positivity rate begin to rise above 5 per cent in the last few days.

Monitoring the situation

“We will have to take action to restrict movement or close schools if the numbers will increase.” Dr Aman said, “We will monitor what is happening in our schools and take action based on what will be fit at that time.”

Dr Aman said that they had begun reporting cases of reinfection and thus, the measures they had put in place had worked to reduce infection.

The CAS said this as he announced 318 new COVID cases from 2,592 samples. That put yesterday’s positivity rate at 12.2 per cent. Kenya’s cumulative COVID case now sits at 41,937.

Furthermore, the country saw double digits in deaths for the second day running. Ten patients died yesterday, raising fatalities to 787.

Condemns spraying of people

Dr Aman also condemned the spraying of children with chemicals. A video showing someone spraying children with chemicals surfaced online to widespread condemnation. Dr Aman joined in speaking against the act of spraying people with chemicals.

“We had seen county governments try to do this by the use of spraying booths. However, that is not allowed…that is not right.” He said.

He appealed to all Kenyans to continue following the public health guidelines to keep the cases down.

“I appeal to all Kenyans to be vigilant now more than ever before so that we protect our children…Public Service vehicles must not overload. If we fail to adhere to the measures we will have ourselves to blame. Teachers should ensure the agreed protocols are adhered to.” Dr Aman added.

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