Continue Covid-19 vigilance

What you need to know:

  • The emerging trend is not anything to revel about.
  • It does not mean that the disease is being vanquished.

Since the beginning of the year, the number of reported Covid-19 infections have significantly declined. Yesterday, for example, there were 123 infections out of 4,948 samples.

Cumulatively, Kenya has a record of 98,555 infections and some 1,720 deaths since the coronavirus was first reported in the country in March last year.

But the emerging trend is not anything to revel about. It does not mean that the disease is being vanquished.

Far from it. Perhaps, because only few tests are being done, they are not representative of the reality on the ground. The government should explain the trends. That information is important as far as managing the pandemic is concerned.

The risk of surge in infections remains high. Learners are all back in schools and colleges. Many organisations have started recalling employers to resume work in the office. Social places are open and public events have returned. All these provide a context for increased infections.

New deadly strain

Matters are made worse by the fact that there is a new deadly strain of the virus that has been detected in Europe and South Africa. Countries such as Britain are back on lockdown as new infections spiralled. Others, such as Germany, are contemplating doing the same because they are registering higher numbers of infections. 

What this means is that we have not turned the corner regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Certainly not when the vaccines have not been made available, especially to the developing countries.

Given the circumstances, members of the public must continue observing the safety protocols — such as putting on face masks in public, social distancing and maintaining high level of cleanliness at all times. Extra vigilance is paramount in learning institutions as they host millions of children. 

Falling infection and fatality numbers should not mislead us to lower our guard; that would be perilous.

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