Kisumu County Suspends Sittings Over Surge In Coronavirus Cases

Kisumu County Assembly has adjourned its sittings indefinitely over a spike in Covid-19 infections.

The County Speaker Elisha Oraro said the House business remains suspended for the next two weeks imploring leaders to educate the public on the virus.

Kenya’s lakeside city is now considered the epicenter of the coronavirus in the country after the Indian Covid-19 variant was detected a couple of weeks ago. The variant is thought to cause severe COVID-19 disease in those infected.

Kisumu led with the number of Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, June 8, as it recorded 129 out of 433 new cases, said the Ministry of Health.

Nairobi came second with 84 and Siaya third with 24.

In one month, the county has recorded more than 5,000 cases. One hundred and sixty-eight cases were recorded in the first week of May. In the second and third weeks, 181 and 373 cases were discovered, respectively.

The cases further jumped to 805 between 24th and 30th May before slightly decreasing to 780 between May 31 and June 5.

The County Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o had revealed that the mortality rate had hit a high record from 12 last year to 18 per week, with those aged 60 and above being at risk.

The hospitals are reportedly full of Covid-19 patients prompting them to refer some patients to neighbouring counties.

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