03-05-2021 by redazione
It is now a mass exodus from Nairobi and the major cities in the five counties that have been closed for over a month, to holiday resorts, or to visit relatives and for business.
Throughout the weekend, the capital's main arteries, the ring roads and for kilometres and kilometres the roads to Naivasha and Nyeri and the motorway to Mombasa were very slow moving due to the abundance of 'runaway' vehicles. Major traffic jams held up traffic for hours in the Escarpement area and at the Maii Mahiu junction, and between the mouth of the Mombasa Road and Sultan Hamud.
This situation was largely predictable, given the uncertainty surrounding possible future restrictions. The reopening of bars and restaurants also enlivened Nairobi and even large towns such as Nakuru, Machakos, Thika and Narok, with a weekend full of lunches in public places, excursions to nature spots and shopping malls that struggled to get people to keep their distance and comply with the containment measures.
Let's hope that all this does not cause sudden new rises that might make the government rethink, the responsibility of citizens will be important, but which ones? The high percentage who have no intention of vaccinating themselves? Or the unwitting herd immunes in the slums?
Accountability in Kenya seems to be the preserve of an elite, yet the news is still not what we would like to read. Let's not talk about the numbers that are released every 24 hours, because they are not very indicative, nor of the percentages that in any case give an idea of the improvement that suggested to the President to anticipate the reopening (yesterday 8.3%, with 369 cases of covid-19 on 4469 swabs carried out).
The figure to which reference should always be made is the number of beds occupied in the country's intensive care units and, if anything, the official deaths (yesterday 19, but as has been the case lately, not just the last 24 hours). The occupancy rate has returned to safe levels, around 30% of the places (around 100 patients).
What is worrying, however, is that the first 'round' of vaccines has now come to an end, and it is not known when others will arrive, even alternatives to AstraZeneca, nor when the second doses will actually be administered. Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe has long since announced a four-week delay, which would not in fact change the fate of those who were vaccinated the first time, but no more should be done to make the booster effective.
In any case, the information is that a text message should arrive on the phone of those who have had the vaccine, with the communication of the new date. According to the information gathered and verified by malindikenya.net, the first vaccinated people at the end of March are currently receiving the certificate of vaccination with the date of the supposed booster vaccination, which actually turns out to be after 11 or 12 weeks.
Meanwhile, just over 150,000 doses remain in the hands of health facilities in the country, with an emergency stock of 40,000 in the central laboratories of the Ministry, in Kitengela.
To date, 886,288 people have been vaccinated, including 158,103 health workers, 137,581 teachers and 74,464 public security officers. The rest are almost all citizens and residents over the age of 58, tourism workers and people with other diseases.
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