07-04-2021 by redazione
Government crackdown in three other Kenyan counties as places in the country's intensive care units become increasingly full.
There are now 205 inpatients in the few public beds in and around Nairobi, while those in private facilities are virtually unaffordable mainly because of the very high prices of admissions.
Rift Valley Regional Security Officer George Natembeya yesterday ordered a curfew from 6pm in Baringo North, Turkana East and Laikipia counties.
This came after a "blatant disregard for restrictions" was recorded in the said counties, according to the statement.
"We have decided that even though the 30-day restrictions should end on 23 April," Nyatembeya said, "we do not have time to wait. We have decided to reinstate the security operation which will start tomorrow. The operation this time will be tougher and more decisive.
The decision, explained the Commander, concerns evening and night raids targeting livestock, but also the use of weapons for looting and robbery.
This latest initiative of the Ministry of the Interior shows that, even more than for the containment of the virus, the curfew is increasingly becoming a method to curb the rampant insecurity in some areas of the country.
All this while the official data of the last 24 hours again record a decline in the number of swabs analysed, although it can be seen that the percentage of cases compared to the tests carried out has fallen slightly to 13.5%.
A total of 1,576 patients are currently hospitalised in various health facilities across the country, while 6,182 patients are in isolation and care at home.
As mentioned, 205 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 46 of whom are on ventilation and 130 on supplementary oxygen. 29 patients are under observation.
In terms of vaccinations, to date 325,000 Kenyan citizens plus foreign residents over 58 years of age have received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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