Up to 28,000 Kenyans could die from coronavirus – CS Mutahi Kagwe

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The CS said this when he announced that the total number of coronavirus cases in Kenya had clocked 262 out of which 12 were deaths and 60 recoveries.”There are models that say that we could lose up to 28,000 Kenyans as a result of this disease,” said Kagwe who insited on the need for Kenyans to stay at home and maitain high standards of hygien for the pandemic to be crashed.

In his speech, the CS warned that the public health situation may spiral out of control and cause unprecedented disaster if citizens continued to disregard directives keeping them safe.He singled out an incident where several people managed to travelled from Nairobi to Homa Bay aboard a private car and used an empty coffin to dupe law enforcers that they were headed for burial.

The driver of the vehicle, after being examined, tested positive for coronavirus. He was placed in quarantine alongside his accomplices.Kagwe further lamented instances, where people admitted to quarantine facilities bribed their way out of the facilities. He cautioned that such habits risk putting the public in danger. “I have also learnt that there are people who are giving bribes along highways and they have managed to access or get out of counties that have been sealed off,” the CS said adding that those who will be found culpable of the offence will be prosecuted.

On Monday, April 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued cessation of movement order that prevented people to move in to or out of the expanded Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa.The four areas have high numbers of coronavirus cases in the country thus listed as high risk.

The 21 days cessation of movement order is set to end on Monday, April 27, when the government may consider lifting or extending it.At the same time, the state is enforcing the dusk to dawn curfew which alongside the cessation of movement order only permits movement of essential service providers.

Since the first case of coronavirus was reported in China in December 2019, the disease has since infected at least 2.3 million people globally out of which 160,000 have succumbed and some 600,000 others recovered.The US is the hardest-hit country with over 710,000 cases which include some 39,000 deaths and 68,000 recoveries.

Source: Tuko