Kibra is now a potential zone for lockdown. Kibra sub-county hosts a vast slum population. In the last few days, the area recorded a large number of positive coronavirus cases.
On Wednesday and Thursday alone, 28 people from Kibra tested positive for the deadly virus. The area has become a virus hotspot in Nairobi.
Patrick Amoth, the acting Health Director-General, has expressed fear of death in the Kibra slums. Most people in the slums are HIV positive.
“If they are taking their drugs as prescribed, then they will be able to achieve viral suppression, and therefore it will not be a risk factor. But if they are not, then there is a high likelihood that we will register more cases and deaths,” Patrick Amoth said.
The Ministry of Health reports new cases of coronavirus every day. Positive cases have now surpassed the 1000 mark.
Estates in Nairobi that have reported positive cases include; Kibra, Westlands, Lang’ata, Ruaraka, Embakasi, Starehe, Kasarani, and Dagorreti.
Mutahi Kagwe, the Health Cabinet secretary, revealed details on how mourners from Kibra took the virus to Siaya.
“Somebody in Kibra, without the authority to authorize anybody to travel, signed a document that allowed and was respected by police from Kibra to Siaya,” Mutahi said.
“There is a reason why there was a cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi,” he added.
The Health CS said that if people keep going against the rules, the virus will spread further.
In the past two weeks, the Director of Public Prosecutions has charged more than 1500 people for flouting Covid-19 rules.
Some of the offenses include failing to maintain social distance, breaching curfew, and failing to wear a face mask in public.
The magistrates found most of the suspects guilty. They had to either pay a fine or do community service for a specified period.
The government may have to lock down Kibra.