CS Kagwe raises alarm as third wave of Covid-19 infections hits

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has warned against rising Covid-19 infections as Kenya experiences the third wave of infections.

On Wednesday, 713 people tested positive for the coronavirus, making it the highest number of confirmed cases since December 2020.

According to CS Kagwe, the latest statistics at 14 per cent, are a significant jump from Tuesday’s11.8 per cent.

Some 563 patients are admitted in hospitals, 89 of whom are currently in ICU, the highest number witnessed in the last two months.

CS Ministry of Health Mutahi Kagwe at his office moments before receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine at JKIA on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

“As we had predicted, starting March the numbers have begun to rise,” Kagwe noted.

Further, CS Kagwe dispelled doubts that the Covid-19 vaccine was ineffective and unsafe warning Kenyans against misleading information.

Kagwe dispelled doubts on the AstraZeneca vaccine saying that all vaccines have undergone an approval test by the World Health Organization (WHO) before rollout.

“The Health Ministry recommends approval by a stringent agency. We have established an independent safety monitoring board to advise on the vaccination programme,” he said in a televised address on Wednesday.

The Ministry also said it planned to vaccinate about 15 million people by end of June 2023 in three phases.

Already, some 4,000 Kenyans have been vaccinated a week after the first batch of the Covid-19 arrived in the country.

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