Ministry Of Health's Position On School Re-opening Divides Opinion Among Kenyans
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a past function
Today October 19, the Ministry of health has announced a worrying trend of escalation of COVID-19 transmissions with Nakuru, Turkana and Kisii counties put on spot as the new hotspots.
During today's COVID-19 briefs, the cabinet secretary for health Mutahi Kagwe disclosed that 685 people tested positive for the virus from a sample size of 4912 bringing the total of infections to 44881. 105 people recovered from the disease and were discharged bringing the total recoveries to 31857. 7 patients died bringing the total of deaths to 832.
"Today 685 persons have tested positive for the virus from a sample size of 4,912 in the last 24 hours. This is a positivity rate of 12% up from around 4% when we relaxed the containment measures…
105 people have recovered from the disease; 73 from the homebased care program while 32 have been discharged from various hospitals. The total recoveries today stand at 31,857. Unfortunately, today we have lost another 7 patients to the disease…” - CS Mutahi Kagwe
The CS warned of possible escalation of restrictions if the trend continues.
With this worrying trend, kenyans were atleast expecting the Ministry to advise the gorvenment againist the planned full re-opening of schools. This was not to be as Dr partrick Amoth killed all hopes of such a thing when he said that the Ministry already has triggers to alert them incase there is any problem in a school.
"We have trigger actions to alert us if something is happening I a particular School" said Dr Amoth.
He was responding to jounalist who wanted to know the fate of re-opening given the spike in infections. This therefore means that there isn't turning back on full school re-opening scheduled for early next month.
His response drew mixed reactions from Kenyans with some standing for closure of schools while others seemed happy with the position taken by the Ministry. Below are the screenshots of their reactions online.
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