Kisumu County is now at the epicenter of the latest Covid-19 infections.
This notwithstanding, the infection rate is presenting very high severity symptoms in the infected patients.
The lakeside city has been recording a steady rise in Covid 19 infections and deaths in the past few weeks following the confirmation of the highly double mutant India Covid strain from eight travelers of Indian origin who had arrived in the county.
According to Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, so far, Kisumu has recorded 5,739 confirmed cases cumulatively with some 1,666 people contracting the virus in the previous month.
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Medical experts attribute the spike being witnessed in the county to flouting the COVID-19 guidelines during the Madaraka day celebrations.
As a matter of public concern, the mortality within the county has increased from an average of 12 at the peak last year to a new peak of 18 per week with the age bracket above 60 years being the highest predictor of mortality.
“In 2020, 44% of the infections were severe while in 2021, 78% have presented severe symptoms,” he observed.
The governor has ordered the closure of Kisumu County Headquarters indefinitely as part of measures aimed at taming the spread of COVID-19 in the area.
According to the directive made during a multi-agency committee meeting held on Monday chaired by Nyong’o, the county offices will remain closed effective 7th June 2021 and the provision of non-essential services remain suspended until further notice.
As a precautionary measure to curb further spread of the disease, the County Covid-19 Multi-Agency Committee resolved to conduct a fresh crackdown on Public Service Vehicles and Boda Bodas not complying with the Covid-19 protocols.
The Public Health department will mount public awareness campaigns on the Covid-19 protocols targeting markets and schools across the County.
Additionally, members of the public have been urged to avoid attending churches, mosques, temples and other worship places for their own safety while further warning the religious institutions flouting the MoH guidelines of hosting a third of the total capacity will face disciplinary action.
Reporting Robert Ojwang’