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Kibra Likely to be Locked Down as Covid-19 Cases Increase

by Zablon Ondari
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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has noted that Nairobi’s Kibra is an area of growing concern after eight more Covid-19 cases were reported on Friday, 22nd, May.

Kibra could become the third area in the country to placed under lockdown after Eastleigh (Nairobi) and Old Town (Mombasa). On Thursday, it reported 13 new cases while on 19th, May, it had 24 cases.

Speaking after a tour at Machakos Level V Hospital, CS Kagwe said that more stringent measures would be taken there to contain further spread of the virus.

“That is worrying considering the population in Kibera. Further measures will be taken in that place. We will do so as our scientists and doctors move around and advise us, we will make the decisions on the basis of scientific findings,” said Kagwe.

The CS further urged Kenyans to adhere to the Covid-19 measures as directed by the government to curb the spread of the novel virus.

During the press briefing on Thursday, 21st May, CS Kagwe noted that the seven cases in Siaya were linked to Kibra after some people travelled upcountry for funeral, only for all of them to later test positive.

He disclosed that the permit on the burial was signed by an unauthorised person, and police did not question it, allowing the mourners to pass through all roadblocks.

“There is a reason why we lockdown areas and institute cessation of movement orders. But people think they are being clever to take a body for burial, which is a case of biting the nose to spite the face. This disease will kill you,” said Kagwe.

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