Coast region: Surge of Covid-19 infections

[Photo: Pan American Health Organization]

Nov, 5th 2020 – The second wave of Covid-19 is sweeping across the Coast as Kenya Ports Authority reported a total of 16 positive cases and 3 death. It has disrupted learning in schools, hospital operations, the supply chain and six counties in the region.

The acting managing director Engineer Rashid Slim says several workers have been isolated and hundreds sent home in a bid to stop infections. 

In a circular, Rashid said, “Three are dead. About 16 have been infected and isolated. We also have cases of other port users who have tested positive.

On the 9th of October 2020, KPA recalled all the workers who had been told to work from home after the port recorde high positivity rate in the months of April and March. KPA has again released all employees aged 58 and above, expectant mothers and those with underlying conditions to work remotely to minimize exposure.

The virus has not only disrupted education and health but also the logistic chain leading to high cost of trade through the port of Mombasa. Ships from Europe and China have suspended their scheduled calls in Mombasa. “Like other parts of the country we have also not been spared by the second wave. We have decided to re-introduce stringent health protocols we had relaxed.

According to statistics by health officials, Mombasa county recorded 31 percent as the highest positivity rate in the previous week. Richard Chacha, Mombasa County Communication Officer said, “From the figures, Mvita Sub-county is worst hit because of the highly populated areas.” He added that over 1,600 people have tested positive for the virus in the county.

Mohammed Khamis, Tononoka Principal succumbed to Covid-19 on Monday last week. A nurse also succumbed to the virus at Likoni Hospital forcing shutdown of the facility. reports also indicate that many other nurses are recovering from the disease in both hospitals and homes.

Shika Adabu Hospital in Likoni has also been shut down after its stuff including two nurses tested positive for the virus. County Chief Public Health Officer, Pauline Oginga said that the facility was shut down to pave way for fumigation.

Mombasa County Assembly was also shut down and it still remains closed after seven MCAs tested positive for the virus. The Health and County leadership yesterday in Kilifi said that Malindi Township has emerged as the Covid-19 hotspot after recording high positivity rate in the last month.

There is panic and anxiety in Wudanyi Police station after four Senior Police officers were placed under mandatory self-quarantine.

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