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Kenya: COVID-19 – Lockdown Looms If Kenyans Don’t Change

by biasharadigest

The decision on whether to impose a lockdown in some regions following the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases will depend on people’s behaviour and not counties’ preparedness.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Thursday that most counties are better equipped to deal with the pandemic than the entire country was before the first case was reported in the country.

The CS was reacting to assertions by Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya that restrictions on movement may be reintroduced in some counties because they are not prepared to tackle an upsurge in cases after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted movement restrictions on July 6.

The CS said the surge in the Covid-19 cases was expected after the restrictions were eased and that the decision was reached after several considerations.


“The easing of the restrictions was not intentionally aimed at increasing the number of cases, but it is because we believed that Kenyans had reached a level of knowledge and preparedness to enable them to take care of themselves,” the CS said.

He reiterated the need for Kenyans to take personal responsibility to protect themselves and their families by observing the measures put in place by the government and the World Health Organization (WHO), saying that freedom comes with responsibility.

He spoke in Nakuru where he had travelled to assess the county’s level of preparedness and to launch the Primary Healthcare Strategic Framework and Community Health Policy.

After visiting the Nakuru Level Six Hospital, where the isolation centres are located and Moi Primary School, where the training of 551 front-line healthcare workers and volunteers is taking place, the CS said he was impressed.

The county, he said, had attained and surpassed the 300-bed capacity target the President gave every county and that it intended to increase the capacity to 652 in the next six weeks.


In his daily national update on the pandemic, Mr Kagwe announced eight deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours and that, out of the 3,895 tests that had been conducted, 421 turned positive, bringing the national tally to 11,673. The total number of tests that have been carried out now stands at 230,096.

Out of the cases that turned positive on Thursday, the CS said, 409 are Kenyans while 12 are foreigners. A majority of them (297) were male. He blamed the high number of males on carelessness, saying that most of those who fail to observe social distancing and to wear masks are men.

Nairobi continues to record the highest number of cases, with the total tally now standing at 6,491, followed by Mombasa with 1,783 and Kiambu with 640.