The Ministry of Health has raised the Alarm on the emergence of Kajiado, Kiambu, and Machakos counties as COVID 19 virus hotspots following a sharp increase in confirmed cases.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said the ministry is keeping an eye on the counties.
“Apart from Nairobi, the focus is now shifting to the counties neighboring Nairobi like Kajiado, Machakos, and Kiambu with Kiambu recording a steady rise in infections and we are appealing to counties to strictly adhere to the containment measures to keep the spread under check,” he said.
The three-counties are among those the multi-sectoral national COVID-10 task force has identified as high risk due to their current infection rates, location on borders, and highly mobile populations.
He added that Kiambu in particular had seen a spike in cases recording 274 cases compared with Mombasa which recorded 85 cases in the same period.
Kiambu, being the second-most populous county after Nairobi and given that it houses international organizations, there are more people who want to know their status, institutions such as international Research center in Uthiru and other in Gigiri such as UNEP could also have contributed to the rise in the COVID numbers.
The 14 high-risk counties are Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado, Kakamega, Migori, Nakuru, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu, Kilifi, Wajir, and Garissa all because of their proximity to international borders.
Source Daily Nation