The Govt To Review Covid 19 Measures

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Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe says, the government is planning to review Covid 19 containment measures due to the continued low positivity rate recorded in recent weeks.

Health CS further observed that Kenyans currently are not keenly following the Covid 19 measures, adding that maybe as a country, we are slowly developing herd immunity against the infection.

“The first time I noticed that these people are actually not wearing masks these days…you wonder what happens next, let’s watch and see…maybe we are slowly developing herd immunity, and as we develop it then you don’t come hard on them…if people are not getting sick, then maybe that is the direction that we ought to be going, this is a decision that we’re going to make in the next few days,” said Kagwe.

Implementation of mass vaccination campaigns has also played a vital role as fewer people have been hospitalized following the infection. On Wednesday,9th March 2022, the ministry of health reported 14 people who tested positive from a sample size of 5,585 tested.

13 are Kenyans while one is a foreigner. 9 are males while 5 are females. The youngest is a 5- year-old child while the oldest is 61 years.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 323,129 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,418,275

In terms of County distribution; Mandera 5, Nairobi 3, Kericho, Kisii, Kitui, Laikipia, Migori, and Trans Nzoia 1 case each.

36 patients recovered from the disease, all of them from Home Based and Isolation Care.

This has pushed the total recoveries to 317,265 of whom 264,271 are from the HomeBased Care and Isolation program, while 52,994 are from various health facilities countrywide.

Yesterday no death was reported. Therefore, the cumulative fatalities remain at 5,641.

Moderna pharmaceutical signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kenya’s government for its first mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Africa, which the CS says is expected to advance equitable global vaccine access.

“We are pleased to partner with Moderna in the establishment of this mRNA manufacturing facility to help prepare the country and our sister states on the continent through the African Union to respond to future health crises and stave off the next pandemic,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said after announcing the deal.

As of March 8th, 2022, a total of 16,958,872 vaccines have been administered across the country.

Of these, 7,895,629 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 7,752,827.

The latest covid 19 positivity rate stands at 0.3%.

The Government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.

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