x Health Men's Health Children's Health Nutrition and Wellness Reproductive Health Health & Science Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise BULK SMS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Login ×
BTV
VAS
DCX
RMS

Kibra stares at lockdown as country reports 80 new cases

Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa | May 22nd 2020 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

The government is considering locking down Nairobi's Kibra, the latest Covid-19 hotspot, even as it projected the peak of the disease to hit in August.

During this peak, the government projects a daily tally of 200 new cases.

This comes as a new high of confirmed cases was reported yesterday, pushing the number to 1,109 after 80 people tested positive.

The 80 were confirmed from a sample size of 3,102, also the highest so far tested within 24 hours.

An earlier model shared by the Ministry of Health indicated that the disease would reach its peak in April, where there would be 5,000 cases by mid of the month and later 10,000 by the end of the same month.

Health Director-General Patrick Amoth (pictured) yesterday said the model was for the worst-case scenario expected if no interventions were put in place.

The government implemented measures after the first case was reported on March 13, with the institution of lockdown, curfew, the mandatory wearing of masks and physical distancing.

“We, however, now predict that our peak will be around August and September, where we will be reporting 200 cases a day and that is if we continue with the measures we have put in place,” said Dr Amoth.

He added that the graph had so far not witnessed a spike of cases, instead of remaining smooth to an extend hospitals were not strained.

“This is the model we are looking at, even as we plan on how we can reopen schools and our economy,” he said.

200 cases daily

Despite the expected tally of 200 cases daily in the next few months, the DG said such a figure should not be a shocker, especially considering the country has expanded its testing capacity.

“It will not be surprising that when we test 4,000 samples we get 100 confirmed cases. Even when we report such cases, with the measures we have in place, our curve will still be smooth,” he said.

But while the general curve of the disease in the country may be smooth, the same cannot be said for Kibra Constituency in Nairobi, which reported 13 new cases yesterday, putting it on the red zone, the same category with Kawangware and Eastleigh.

On May 19, Kibra had 24 cases, the following day 15 and yesterday there were 13 cases.

“That is one area that we might be locking down,” said Amoth.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that the seven cases in Siaya were also linked to Kibra after some individuals travelled upcountry for the burial of a kin, only for all of them to later test positive.

He said the permit on the burial was signed by an unauthorised person, and police respected it allowing the mourners to pass all roadblocks.

“There is a reason why we lock down areas and institute cessation of movement orders in Nairobi. But people think they are being clever to take a body for burial, which is a case of biting the nose to spite the face. This disease will kill you,” the CS said.

Be The First To Comment

Top Stories

Covid-19 vaccine to be administered today
Health & Science - By Beldeen Waliaula


Detaining patients illegal, court declares
Health & Science - By Kamau Muthoni


President Uhuru flags off national distribution of Covid-19 vaccine
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa and Sara Okuoro


Nothing has been left to chance, says Kagwe as vaccine roll-out set for Friday
Health & Science - By Judah Ben-Hur


Shot in the arm for counties as Uhuru flags off vaccines
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa and Peterson Githaiga


Dr Amoth first public officer to get Covid-19 vaccine
Health & Science - By Jael Mboga


Why Covid jab got cold reception at airport
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


How borehole water hurts your health
Health & Science - By Gatonye Gathura


Kenya receives Covid-19 vaccines
Health & Science - By Standard Team


UK regulator says will fast-track vaccines for coronavirus variants
Health & Science - By Reuters


Latest Stories

Eve D’Souza narrates Covid-19 jab experience
Health & Science - By Jael Mboga


Detaining patients illegal, court declares
Health & Science - By Kamau Muthoni


Shot in the arm for counties as Uhuru flags off vaccines
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa and Peterson Githaiga


Covid-19 vaccine to be administered today
Health & Science - By Beldeen Waliaula


400 more test Covid-19 positive as counties receive vaccine
Health & Science - By Betty Njeru


Dr Amoth first public officer to get Covid-19 vaccine
Health & Science - By Jael Mboga


Why Covid jab got cold reception at airport
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


UK regulator says will fast-track vaccines for coronavirus variants
Health & Science - By Reuters


Nothing has been left to chance, says Kagwe as vaccine roll-out set for Friday
Health & Science - By Judah Ben-Hur


President Uhuru flags off national distribution of Covid-19 vaccine
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa and Sara Okuoro


//

Stay Ahead!

Access premium content only available
to our subscribers.

Or Login With Your Standard Account
Support independent journalism
×
Create An Account
Support independent journalism
I have an account Log in
Reset Password
Support independent journalism
Log in