Nyeri county deputy governor Dr Caroline Karugu has been forced by the increasing COVID-19 positivity rate in Kisumu to go for self-quarantine as a method of protecting her family and that of the public from the exposure of the deadly virus.
The deputy governor was among the guests who arrived at Kisumu town for the Madaraka day celebrations which were held at Jomo Kenyatta Stadium last Tuesday on 1st June. After the celebrations which were attended by over 3,000 Kenyans and guests led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Dr Karugu visited former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's native home where she spent time with Mama Ida Odinga before travelling back to Nyeri.
Only a few days after the national event, Kisumu county recorded a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients and the positivity rate increased significantly. The county topped the list of counties with new patients suffering from the deadly virus on Friday and Saturday and for the first time overtook Nairobi and Mombasa counties which have been taking the lead since the first case of the virus was reported in March last year.
There is no doubt that the situation in Kisumu is due to the Madaraka day celebrations where Covid-19 protocols were not properly observed.
Taking to her Facebook page on Saturday, Ms Karugu announced that her test had turned negative after the exposure and confirmed that she is already on the second day of self-isolation.
" SELF QUARANTINE DAY TWO. My results are in... COVID NEGATIVE. I am thanking God for His protection since the beginning of this pandemic. I have not been perfect but He has shown me perfect favour and mercy throughout. Indeed THIS FAR THE LORD HAS BROUGHT ME! Happy Saturday friends. God bless you all," She announced.
Kisumu residents have been urged to remain more cautious and tighten their belts in keeping the respiratory infection at bay.
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