Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to restore COVID-19 lockdown in Counties perceived to be hotspots due to the increase in the number of infections and deaths across the country increases.
The ODM Lawmaker was speaking to Citizen TV on Thursday, March 25, 2021 where he called on the head of state to implement strict Covid-19 measures to save the lives of Kenyans.
“If you look at areas within the Nairobi metropolitan region such as Kiambu and Machakos, the infections rates are very high and we must restore lockdown if we are to save our people,” Amollo said.
This comes after the Ministry of Health (MOH) had revealed that counties surrounding Nairobi had recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases.
“Over the last nine days, Nairobi has had a total increase of 5,718 cases of coronavirus, Kiambu 888, Nakuru 626, Machakos 414, Kajiado 199, Nyeri 100 and Kericho 58. The total between the seven counties is 9,893 and accounts for the majority of the positive cases in the country,” the ministry said.
The COVID-19 positivity rate in the capital Nairobi hit 57.7% as Kenya registered 1,540 new cases.
Health chief administrative secretary, Mercy Mwangangi, described as disheartening the increased COVID-19 admissions in health facilities in recent weeks.
The health official stressed the need to observe a high level of personal hygiene and strict adherence to the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols.
“We need to have our guard high. We have seen people exercise laxity when it comes to these COVID adherence measures, which is really disheartening. If you are standing here, like we are right now, you will see the hospitals’ true picture. People are missing beds,” she said.
Uhuru had, on March 12, 2021 extended the nationwide curfew for 60 more days to curb the spread of the deadly disease.
The president also directed all bars, restaurants and other joints operating at night be closed by 9 pm during the period.