Health Ministry Warns of COVID-19 Reinfections

Health CAS Rashid Aman [Photo: Capital News]

Oct 14th, 2020 – The ministry of health is now warning of a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, occasioned by the partial reopening of the economy.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman, says the recent rise of infections was worrying, but also blamed most Kenyans for ignoring the set containment measures.

Yesterday the country reported 318 new Covid-19 infections from a sample size of 2, 592, and 10 people died, bringing the total fatality toll to 787.

Aman is now appealing to Kenyans, to not let the guard down in wearing masks, washing hands, and keeping social distance.

Today our positivity rate is above 12pc. It is a danger sign,” said the CAS. “There have been reported cases of reinfections. There are questions of a lasting immunity to Covid-19. I ask Kenyans not to relent in adhering to preventive measures,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Bungoma county assembly has gone on a recess, to allow all the MCAs to be tested for COVID 19.

The decision was reached after the rate of infection rose significantly.100 inmates in Bungoma have so far tested positive.

Scientists have also confirmed a person can be reinfected by Covid-19, strengthening a 2018 finding by Kenyan researchers that initial exposure to coronavirus, does not offer long-term immunity.

Scientists say reinfection – although extremely rare – could be happening in other parts of the world.

The latest confirmed Covid-19 reinfection case is a 25-year-old healthy American man.

The man first contracted mild Covid-19 in April and tested negative twice in May. In June, he tested positive again and experienced even more severe symptoms, requiring oxygen support.

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