By Seliphar Musungu
The country on Tuesday recorded 1,412 new infections of Covid19 with 6 deaths being reported in the last 24 hours.
The new infections brings the total number of Kenyans who have been infected with the virus to 134, 048 with over 2000 deaths having been reported since the Covid19 pandemic was first reported in the country a year ago.
According to Health Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi, the positivity rate stands at 15 per cent.
Dr Mwangangi said of the cases reported, Nairobi County is the epicenter of the virus with 61,851 cases having been reported by Mombasa 9,915, Kiambu 8,829 and Kajiado 3,863.
The total number of Covid19 infections across the country stands at 132,632 with 98 per cent being that of the locals.
With the surging numbers of new infections occasioned by Covid19 pandemic, government agencies and the private sector have put in place elaborate measures aimed at safeguarding their employees from contracting the deadly virus.
Shell Petrol Retail Stations in Western region are among corporate entities that have put in place elaborate measures to put the disease at bay.
The efforts have been put in place by the region’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Benard Barasa who has ensured that all his employees have been supplied Covid19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against the virus.
Mr. Barasa said all his staff at Kakamega, Busia, Kitale and Mbale Shell Petrol stations are adequately equipped in order to curb the spread of the virus, saying even motorists coming to fuel at the stations must be on a mask for the to be served by the pump attendants.
“We want to remind Kenyans to take extra precautions to protect themselves, their families and their loved ones. The disease is real going by the statistics we are getting from the Ministry of Health. At least we know people or friends who have died from the virus and we must take the Covid19 protocols seriously,” said Mr. Barasa.
According to Barasa, Kenyans must be considerate to themselves and even those around them when it comes to keeping yourself safe, adding that for them to defeat the spread of the virus, they must take personal responsibility in protecting themselves.
Barasa asked other business entities within the region to ensure they have hand washing stations placed at the entrance of their premises so that their customers can sanitise themselves before they are served.
Meanwhile in Kakamega County, the county has closed down two Covid-19 isolation centres isolation centres at Mumias and Likuyani have been shut and health staff asked to report at the Kakamega referral hospital to help deal with surging cases of Covid-19 infections.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the third wave was very serious, saying already the county has recorded over 109 cases which represents a positivity rate of 21.6 per cent as compared to 11.6 per cent we recorded in the second wave of Covid19 infections.
In the first and second wave, Kakamega recorded 721 positive cases with 35 deaths being reported.