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Counties Send Workers Home, Covid-19 Patients Isolated in Tents as Lockdown Looms

The Nyanza Region of Kenya is at a very high risk of facing total lockdown as Covid-19 pandemic continues ravaging the Lake Victoria Economic Block. 

At the moment, three county governments in the Nyanza Region have begun putting in place very tough measures which will end up impacting negatively to the people of this region. One of the tough measure that the county government of Kisumu, Migori and Homa Bay have come up with is to send workers home as the virus infections continue to increase. 

These three County governments have also advised all the non-essential workers to operate from home. This comes as Covid-19 infections continue to surge steadily days after the Madaraka fete which saw thousands of people break Covid-19 protocols. 

Kisumu County, Homa Bay County and Migori County governments have already given the workers advisory from the public health as directed by the ministry of health in order to reduce the physical contacts as well as the in-person meetings to prevent the Covid-19 infections which are spreading so quickly in this region. The health facilities in this part of Kenya are already overwhelmed with very huge numbers of Covid-19 patients. 

All the staffs who work in the non-essential departments in Kisumu County have been sent home and advised to work from their places of residence. 

One of the places that were closed down is the Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company. The company said in a notice that it had closed all its offices.

Another place that was closed is the Kisumu Yacht Club. This club announced that it is not going to operate for the next two weeks. The management of the Club took this step in order to ensure that there is safety of people as a result of spreading Covid-19 pandemic. 

The county government of Migori through its health officials announced that there are three variants of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic confirmed in the county. Pauline Amollo who operates as the Public Health Chief Officer in Migori confirmed that there is British Variant, South African Strain as well as Chinese mutant in Nyanza Region. Kemri is also doing a research investigation to determine if the region is affected by the more virulent Indian Covid-19 mutant.

According to the health experts in Nyanza, the current spreading Covid-19 infections are not showing out the signs and symptoms that were being reported there before which include high temperatures. Most of the cases reported didn't show this common symptom. 

The county government of Kisumu has also stopped all physical meetings where county assembly meetings will be carried out via Zoom. Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o added that vaccination process will be intensified in Kisumu while calling upon the vulnerable works to rush for the jab. 

Homa Bay County has not been spared by the deadly virus. This county is also overwhelmed with shortage in oxygen supply causing fear that the virus may lead to more fatalities. The ICU as well as High Dependency Unit at Homa Bay County Referral Hospital have been hit by shortage of oxygen for two weeks now. The isolation center in this hospital is also full and cannot admit more patients.

More worrying news is that new patients are being admitted in tents within the hospital. Doctors have also been overwhelmed by the current situation.

More details warn that these three counties are at a high risk of facing lockdown if the situation continues being worse.

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