Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe yesterday sent out a warning as he announced another high record of new COVID-19 cases.
While reporting the new COVID cases on Sunday, Kagwe warned of a second wave as the number of cases rose for the third day running.
Return to normalcy
Kagwe attributed the rising cases to the return to normalcy that Kenyans had resorted to, which came immediately following the relaxation of movements.
“The spike we are witnessing has not erupted from nowhere. It’s because of defiance. Bars are not maintaining social distancing, wearing of masks. I plead with you to follow the measures so that the measures are not escalated.” Kagwe said.
Kagwe also hit out at politicians and leaders who were organising large gatherings that flouted the public health guidelines. He said that politicians holding large meetings, with those attending mingling without masks and social distancing were sending a wrong message.
Indeed, politicians hit the country in full force after the lifting of restrictions. They attract large gatherings, with many not adhering to wearing masks and social distancing. Thus, a majority of Kenyans have also thrown away the guidelines in their daily lives.
Over six hundred new cases
Kagwe sounded the warning as he announced 685 new COVID-19 cases. The positivity rate yesterday was at 14 per cent. That is the highest the country has seen since COVID broke out. This was the second day running that COVID cases in Kenya were rising above 600. For comparison, when the President relaxed measures on October 3rd, the positivity rate was 4 per cent.
The news comes as reports state that the National Emergency Response Committee looks to meet today. The Committee will seek to revise measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. Kagwe chairs the committee.
Among the proposals was yet another lockdown in counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Turkana and Nakuru. A section of Kenyans also called for a ban on rallies and large gatherings.