Experts in medical field have issued a new warning that the Covid-19 situation might worsen in Kenya. The experts now says that the Lake Victoria region of Kenya might face the worst as it is "headed the Indian way". The medical experts have issued this warning after the Coronavirus infections increases in a worrying manner. In the last two weeks, the Covid-19 infections in the Lake Victoria region have increased by 300%.
The experts says that the cases are likely to be too high at the moment adding that the shortage of testing kits has hindered the ministry of health from testing more samples which would unmask the actual situation in the region. Experts have also blamed the community in the region for their aversion to ongoing vaccination in the country. In addition to this, the rising cases are likely to be as a result of community transmission while people in the Lake region are blamed for relaxing the containment measures.
For many months, this region had been spared by the pandemic but has lately turned to a new hot spot. According to the Ministry of Health statistics, Lake Victoria Region has a very high positivity rates in the last couple of days. Generally, the positivity rate in the region is more than the average positivity rate nationally.
In an example, the statistics shows that in the last six days the Covid-19 cases increased each day by three folds.
The Lake Victoria Region consist of 14 counties which include Homa Bay County, Bungoma County, Kakamega County, Busia County, Kisii County, Kisumu County, Nyamira County, Migori County, Siaya County and Trans Nzoia County. The other counties in the region include Vihiga, Kericho, Nandi and Bomet.
Out of the 14 counties, the recent increasing cases of Covid-19 infections have mostly dominated in towns within Kisumu County, Bungoma, Kisii as well as Kericho. The virus has however begun spreading to the Rift Valley especially along the transport corridor.
The statistics had initially indicated that most of the rural areas were safe and free of the virus. However, recently things have started becoming worse even in the rural areas especially as a result of community transmission of the virus. The positivity rate has exponentially increased as a result of people relaxing the MOH containment measures.
However the experts are yet to know what is leading to the current situation in the Lake Victoria Region warning that if the situation continues with the current trend, the government may impose more strict measures which may include lockdown in this region of Kenya and issue other strict measures to combat the spreading virus.
Prof Khama Rogo who is the Chairman of the Covid-19 Advisory Committee in the Lake Region Economic Bloc which includes all the 14 Counties yesterday warned that urgent measures need to be taken in order to combat the current situation in the region. Prof Khama Rogo warned that the situation may run out of hand if the cases start spreading to the other parts of the country. He added that the situation could overwhelm the ministry of health if action is not taken as early as now.
However it is yet to be clarified if the Indian variant which is a more virulent Covid-19 variant of coronavirus is the one causing a surge in the number of infections in this part of Kenya. The rising cases of infections comes a short time after the Indian variant was reported in the Lake Victoria Region at the beginning of the month of May.
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