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US affirms red alert on Kenya over high COVID-19 cases

As of yesterday, Kenyan had recorded a total of 160,904 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases from 1,688,106 cumulative tests since the pandemic hit the country last year.

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The US Embassy in Kenya at Gigiri, Nairobi.

The United States of America has reiterated its travel advisory against Kenya issued on April 20 over the surge in COVID-19 cases, days after President Uhuru Kenyatta eased COVID-19 containment measures imposed last month.

The President in his Labor Day address lifted the ban on the movement by road, air, and rail into and out of the five counties; Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru.

He also allowed for the reopening of bars, restaurants and religious services. Also, schools will be allowed to reopen in line with the Ministry of Education calendar.

And now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Kenya due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

The US Embassy in Kenya says it is unable to secure a bed or other medical care for USA citizens at private or public hospitals, nor can it provide medical care for private citizens.

“If you must travel to Kenya at this time, you should have travel insurance that includes coverage for an air ambulance evacuation in the event you have symptomatic COVID-19,” the US Embassy in Kenya advised.

The Embassy further advised its citizens that they cannot travel on a commercial airline out of Kenya if they are acutely ill with COVID-19 and advised them to maintain strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.

As of yesterday, Kenyan had recorded a total of 160,904 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases from 1,688,106 cumulative tests since the pandemic hit the country last year.

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Governor Lee: Travelers from Western, Nyanza counties to test, self-isolate to curb COVID-19 spread

Since March 30, 2020, when the first case was reported in Nakuru County, a total of 8610 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 275 deaths have been reported.

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People travelling to Nakuru from Western Kenya and Nyanza counties have been advised to self-isolate and take a COVID-19 test in a measure to curb the virus spread.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui in a notice said the COVID-19 positivity rate in Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Trans Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay and Migori counties is worrisome.

“At 20.5 per cent and rising, we have good reason to consider the trend as ‘a crisis in the making,” he stated adding that the more virulent Indian variant is worsening situations.

He said his administration was monitoring the situation with great caution and shall not hesitate to take up preemptive measures to protect residents and visitors.

In the precautionary statement based on the case situation, the Governor said it will be necessary to reduce travel to the highlighted region to bare necessity.

On average, Nakuru County has an attack rate of 229/100,000 population. This means in every 100,000 people sampled, 229 are highly likely to be infected with COVID-19.

Since March 30, 2020, when the first case was reported in Nakuru County, a total of 8610 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 275 deaths have been reported.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Shocker: Less than 1% of adult population vaccinated

On March 03, Kenya received just over one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of the COVAX Facility.

Kenya is set to receive 24 million doses through the COVAX Facility.

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Shockingly, only less than one per cent of the adult population in the country has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 1,005,509 vaccines have so far been administered across the country.

“Of these, the total first doses are 978,127 while the total 2nd doses are 27,382,” MoH explained in its daily briefing.

On March 03, Kenya received just over one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of the COVAX Facility.

Kenya is set to receive 24 million doses through the COVAX Facility.

Frontline healthcare workers, teachers, police and military as the priority groups were targeted during round one of the inoculations.

However, later, the Government included those aged 58 years and above in this priority category.

The low vaccine uptake has been blamed on efficacy scepticism but the demand spiked after President Uhuru Kenyatta was vaccinated.

Kenya averagely administers about 1,791 doses each day. At that rate, it will take a further 5,870 days to administer enough doses for another 10 per cent of the population.

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Nakuru to upgrade medical Oxygen production capacity

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Hewa Tele oxygen plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital. Photo/Simon Mutai

The County Government of Nakuru is upgrading its medical oxygen manufacturing plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital to meet the high demand occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui said in the past the County had enough supply but a deficit arose with more COVID-19 patients requiring emergency oxygen in large quantities and over time.

The Governor revealed that the County had made a conscious decision to upgrade its medical Oxygen production capacity and from next week would be advertising for the upgrade bids.

“We want to produce 2,000 tonnes of medical oxygen per day. This is not just for now but also for years to come as part of our emergency planning,” he stated in an interview.

The current plant produces 1,200 tonnes of medical oxygen per day and supplies to all public and private hospitals in Nakuru and at least five neighbouring Counties.

He stated that the current COVID-19 situation in India, one of the worlds top leader in quality healthcare services, has taught humanity that no one can claim to be adequately prepared for medical emergencies.

He added that his administration was also increasing Intensive Care Unit and staff capabilities to enable the County to deal with such eventualities now and in the future.

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