Covid-19 cases may spike as politicians ignore masks and social distancing

Deputy President William Ruto at a political rally

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Director of Medical Service Dr Peter Amoth and KEMRI researchers are warning that what happened in Kampala before January 14, 2021, elections could be replicated in Kenya

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenya’s ministry of health officials issued a warning saying the country may slip back into recording high numbers of Covid 19 infections cases if politicians engaged in early 2022 election campaigns continue ignoring health guidelines against the pandemic.

This comes under the backdrop of encouraging news in Nairobi and the country in general with reports indicating a sharp drop in infections well below 5 per cent. The country has also seen intensive Covid 19 vaccines drive now expected to bring the global pandemic to manageable levels allowing the public to return to a near-normal situation.

But medics alarmed at the huge rallies organised by politicians ahead of the August 2022 elections are warning all gains could be reversed if people “lower” their guard saying corona is still around and demands constant vigilance.

At recent public rallies which the government still insists are “banned” huge crowds have been attending wearing no masks or making any attempt at a social distance

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Director of Medical Service Dr Peter Amoth and KEMRI researchers are warning that what happened in Kampala before January 14, 2021, elections could be replicated in Kenya. Uganda they say had largely contained infections to manageable levels but once the campaigns started, infections soared to record levels.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni put the country under a 30-day complete lock-down banning public transport viewed as “super spreaders.” Kenya Covid 19 fatalities have been on a steady climb down for a while now, true to predictions by researchers that the disease would reach its “peak” and optimistic that the vaccine drive would bring the pandemic under control.

At recent public rallies which the government still insists are “banned” huge crowds have been attending wearing no masks or making any attempt at a social distance. The crowds are encouraged that politicians who address them with no masks. Washing of hands has of course been long abandoned.

With infections on a downward trend, there are wide expectations that President Kenyatta could open the economy to resume full operations ahead of the 2022 elections. A lot however could change if the reported new strain “Delta” spreads its deadly fangs despite the vigorous vaccinations campaign.

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