Panic as Covid-19 hits Kisumu City hard

A surge in coronavirus cases has been reported in Kenya’s Kisumu City, one week after it hosted the historic Madaraka Day Celebration.

This comes after the Indian Covid-19 variant was detected in the lakeside city a couple of months ago.

Health records indicate that the County has reported 5 739 cases so far, raising fears that the worst is yet to come after the residents defied the Covid-19 protocols during the Madaraka. Kisumu residents had come out in large numbers to receive their leaders, ignoring social distance rule.

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.

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

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

To contain the spread of the virus, the countys’ COVID-19 multi-agency committee has urged residents to avoid public gatherings for their safety. In addition, public Service Vehicles and motorists have been cautioned against breaching the social distance rule.

There are plans to close all county offices until further notice.

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