Concerns as Covid-19 cases spike in Kenya

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Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe is urging caution in the wake of new Covid-19 infections in the country.

While briefing on the current status of the pandemic, the health CS announced the re-introduction of the mandatory wearing of masks in closed/confined spaces such as in PSVs, Aircrafts, offices, supermarkets, markets places and places of worship.

"This sharp rise in numbers of new infections should mean something to our country – that we must once again take urgent steps to prevent the slide into a crisis like the one we experienced in 2020 and 2021 when we lost many lives and resources," observed the health CS.

However, all in-person indoor meetings will continue at the venue's full capacity as long as all the participants are fully vaccinated.

All attendees must wear a facemask at their meeting venues, while all participants in in-person meetings will be required to show proof of vaccination.

In the new arrangement, all in-person worship will continue at full holding capacity as long as all the congregants and worshipers are fully vaccinated.

Congregants will be required to wear their face masks while inside places of worship.

All international Travelers arriving in the country who are fully vaccinated remain exempted from the requirement of a PCR test and are exempted from quarantine upon arrival.

However, all unvaccinated travellers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya will be required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted no more than 72 hours before departure, regardless of the route of entry.

Unvaccinated travellers arriving at any point of entry will be subjected to a rapid antigen test at their own cost, with any person who tests positive on antigen RDT subjected to an entry PCR test at their own further cost. They will be required to self-isolate as per isolation guidelines.

All passenger service vehicles, trains and domestic air flight services will continue operations at full conveyance capacity.

The country has recently experienced an upsurge in new Covid-19 infections, with Monday reporting 246 new cases from a sample size of 1,993 tests translating to a positivity rate of 12.6%. The obtaining situation has seen the ministry of health launch an accelerated vaccination campaign to increase the number of Kenyans fully vaccinated against the disease.

At the close of the day Monday, a total of 18,589,484 doses had been administered, with 8,580,397 adults having been fully vaccinated. 341,473 teenagers have also been fully vaccinated, while 406,042 persons had already received their booster shot.

The proportion of adults fully vaccinated stands at 31.5%.

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