Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has asked county governments to increase ICU beds as Kenya experiences the third wave of Covid-19.
Kagwe said that they are going to put more emphasis on home-based isolation because of how stretched hospitals are.
On Wednesday, the country reported 1,279 new Covid-19 cases out of 7,450 samples taken, which is a positivity rate of 17.1 percent.
The total caseload now stands at 116,310 out of 1,387,440 tests done since March 2020 when the first case was reported.
Twelve lives have been lost over the last 24 hours totalling to 200 deaths recorded since January 2021.
Admissions in hospitals include 754 Covid patients with 2,167 on home-based isolation and care.
Recoveries that have been reported stand at 280 with 154 from the home-based isolation and care and 126 from different health facilities countrywide.
The Health CS has asked counties to have all their ambulances ready for evacuating severe cases from home-based isolation. He too urged for the urgency in vigilance of Community Health Volunteers in managing all those in home-based isolation and care.
According to the Health docket, 19,900 people have so far been vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine .
Kenyans above 60 years of age and the clergy will be included in the ongoing first phase of inoculation.
The CS insisted that people shouldn’t agree to sit next to someone in a matatu who isn’t putting on a mask. Director of Public Health, Francis Kuria, stated that Nairobi has already reported the existing of the COVID-19 UK variant people without any history of travel and research will confirm whether it’s related with the new wave being experienced as the third.
The CS pushed for strict adherence to orders given to the public and curfew measures directed by the Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta to prevent the looming third wave of the virus.
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