By Mwireri Muriithi
The government of Kenya has on several occasions insisted that it is in full control of the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country. However, on 13th July 2020, the country recorded the highest number of Covid-19 related deaths within 24 hours.
According to the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, in the last 24 hours, the country recorded a total of 12 Covid-19 related deaths. This comes after the re-opening of the Metropolitan area by the president on July 6th in the best interest of the local economy which had been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
The confession by the government on the increase in the number of Covid-19 related deaths and continued increase in the number of those testing positive for the disease is an indication of the ill-advised strategies adopted by the government in the fight against the disease. Some Kenyans had termed the government decision to re-open to Metropolitan area as irresponsible and short-sighted.
According to a report by the Ministry of Health, not all counties have implemented the ministry’s directive to have at least 300 isolation bed capacity facilities to cater for those testing positive within a county. Also, a majority of the counties lack the necessary facilities to effectively contain the pandemic.
Internationally, South Africa, California and four other states in US have re-imposed lock-down. The continued increase in the number of those testing positive for the disease, as well as, the surge in the number of deaths related to the pandemic could see the government of Kenya re-think its decision to re-open the Metropolitan area.