Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said that the government will introduce new containment measures in Nyanza region to curb the spread of Covid-19.
This comes a day after the Health Ministry sounded an alarm over the increase in number of cases of the Indian Variant ‘Delta’ in the Lake Region.
Speaking at Kenya School of Government, Matiang’i said that the containment measures deals with movement and social activities restriction.
“We are now looking at the Covid-19 infections surge in the Western part of Kenya and we shall meet this week in a bid to introduce new containment measures that deal with movement and social activities, to contain Covid-19 in the area,” he said.
According to Matiang’i, managing Covid-19 has been a hard task but with coordination from the Ministry of Health, they have not been defeated.
Acting Health Director-General Dr. Patrick Amoth said that the health facilities in the region could be overwhelmed by the surging numbers as the Delta variant is spiralling out of control.
According to Amoth, the Covid-19 situation in the country is still quite volatile, since more cases are being reported especially from the Western part of the country predominantly of the Delta variant which is of concern because it is more transmissible and leads to more serious illness of Covid-19.
“We’ve had meetings with the Lake Region Economic Bloc leadership and we’re sharing the data and what is emerging is that the variant is now the one that is predominantly driving this phase of the pandemic,” he said.
The Indian Delta variant has spread from Kisumu to Siaya and Vihiga counties.
The Ministry of Health is now urging Kenyans to be extra vigilant and follow all protocols.
Kisumu County remains the epicentre of the disease in the country.