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Kenya, numbers good enough to lift curfew?

Curve flattening, but Europe teaches to be patient

19-08-2020 by redazione

The Ministry of Health of Kenya is finding it increasingly difficult not to dispense optimism, looking at the daily bulletins that follow one another with ever lower and lower percentages of positive swabs and analyses that are now almost exclusively limited to those at risk such as health workers and relatives of sick and hospitalized people.
In the last 24 hours only 271 people have been found positive for Covid-19 out of 4019 official swabs performed. Few also died, 5 Kenyan citizens who already had problems.
"It is too early to establish whether the curve is getting lower - warns the Administrative Secretary of the Ministry, Rashid Abdi Aman - one should not so much consider the tests, the number of which may vary depending on the daily supply, as the number of people hospitalized and those who lose their lives due to Covid-19".
On the same line the Director of Health Services, Francis Kuria. 
"We must be very cautious before saying that our curve is getting lower - he said - the tests are not as numerous as those of a few weeks ago". 
In fact his superior, Mutahi Kagwe, just yesterday had dispensed optimism, also revealing that lately about 4 patients out of 5 are hospitalized for other diseases and die with Covid-19 and not with the virus as the main cause. In any case, less than 500 official coronavirus deaths in six months is a fairly low figure and the fact that the average in August has fallen again may authorize optimism, as long as many hospitals in the country have equipped themselves with intensive care and isolation wards. In addition, there is the other positive fact, the one concerning the healings. If in the past few days they were even twice as many newly infected, yesterday they were slightly lower, 208.
However, Abdi Aman warned the young people not to let their guard down and to continue to respect the rules. The example of Europe that has reopened and given freedom and then risked a regrettable backtrack should not be imitated, even though many people are starting to think that at the end of August the curfew could end and other restrictions could also be reviewed.

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