According to health experts and government officials, the Covid-19 positivity rate has gone down since the government effected a lockdown on the 5 most affected counties in Kenya. It has been 30 days and data shows a significant fall in the number of cases reported in the country.
At the beginning of the measures, 26% was the highest positivity rate on March 26th, but now this has reduced by more than half to 11.2%. However, the death toll has been on the rise. Currently, the average daily mortality is 17. The highest number of deaths recorded was 26 deaths on April 13th.
An average of 1,500 Kenyans are admitted in hospitals with more than 200 of them in ICU.
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Even though the lockdown and the curfew have hit hard the country's economy due to limiting the hospitality and transport industry, experts say that the stringent measures could be worth it. They argue that once the pandemic is contained, then Kenyans can go back to their normal routine.
However, the uncertainty over the future of the vaccination exercise to tame the spread of the virus might redirect efforts back to the measures that worked to flatten the first and the second waves.
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