PSV operators win the battle to carry more passengers

With Public Service Vehicle operators being allowed to carry excess passengers, experts warn the country could be hit by a deadly fourth wave of Covid-19 if health regulations are ignored

Experts warn the country could be hit by a deadly fourth wave of Covid-19 if health regulations are ignored

By The Weekly Vision

Health experts have warned Kenyans to brace themselves for a fourth wave of the deadly Covid-19 after the government allowed public service vehicles to return on the road with a bang, doing what they know best- packing excess passengers.

PSV drivers and touts may be smiling ear to ear after being allowed to load to “full capacity”, but experts are warning of a looming disaster. For some strange reasons, perhaps with an eye on next year’s general elections politicians caved into demands and agreed to lift the “social distancing requirements” imposed on the public transport sector by lifting the ban as from yesterday.

Over 100 MP’s meeting in Karen neither wore masks nor kept any social distance, they were holed up in a tent for several hours in a clear violation of the Covid-19 containment measures

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) researchers, scientists and health officials have sent out a warning particularly on Nairobi that the city could be plunged into a “corona epidemic” if people return to normalcy. Most city residents accuse rowdy matatu drivers of overloading and bribing traffic cops even before this directive was lifted.

Government officials and PSV operators agreed on a return to “full capacity” but with strict observance of Covid health regulations. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe blamed reckless “senior” politicians for holding huge gatherings, blaming the gatherings, terming them as super spreaders events! Kagwe announced a “total ban” on all political meetings. The ink had hardly dried on his statement before a huge number of MPs allied to DP William Ruto congregated at his Karen residence for a political show of might.

The over 100 MP’s neither wore masks nor kept any social distance measures, they were holed up in a tent for several hours. The embattled DP accused senior civil servants of frustrating his office including a cancelled trip to Kampala, Uganda. Covid infections in Kenya have hit the roof soaring to a high of 17.5% positivity rate far above the international threshold of below 5%. Over 100,000 Kenyans have been infected while almost 4000 have died from the virus. With hotels, bars and restaurants open for business, together with schools, churches and mosques, scientists are warning that this return to “normalcy” could trigger disaster.

Crowds in Nairobi only wear masks to escape police arrest, and rarely wash hands. Many water points have long since been abandoned.

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