Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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It’s a bad month in region’s fight against Covid-19 as new infections hit its population

The number of Covid-19 cases is rising again in East Africa, although countries are turning to vaccination to prevent another round of restrictions.

Kenya’s positivity rate has gone from zero in recent months more up below five percent, the level the World Health Organization (WHO) often considers threatening.

Kenya posted a 7.2 percent positivity rate on Thursday, the highest in four months. And the average positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.7 percent.

More people have turned up to be tested in recent days, and the highest number was 3,317, of whom 218 tested positive for the disease.

So far, government officials say the new wave is mild and could result in fewer hospitalizations compared to previous waves. As of June 8, only eight people were hospitalized at various facilities across the country. No patient is currently in the ICU or in the ICU. Around 1,239 patients are in home care.

The experts also attribute this new wave to the change in weather as the country experiences a cold season, as well as subvariant BA.2, which is more contagious than Omicron.

Although the numbers are rising, Kenyans have dropped their vigilance and are not complying with public health measures.

Health Cabinet Minister Mutahi Kagwe lifted the mask in March – citing low positivity rates, which had dropped to 0.1 percent.

But according to the new figures, Secretary of State for Health Susan Mochache and other ministry officials are urging Kenyans to stop mask-wearing in closed public spaces.

Approximately 30 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated, which is below the 70 percent target set by the African Union.

The situation is no different in Tanzania, where 137 r Percentage increase in Covid-19 cases in a month.

Tanzania’s Ministry of Health said it recorded 68 cases between April and May. From May 5 to June 4, the number rose to 161 new cases, which corresponds to an increase of more than 100 percent. However, no deaths have occurred.

Infections have hit Dar es Salaam hardest with 130 cases, followed by Arusha with 10 cases and Mwanza with five cases.

Up in Uganda

This week, the Ugandan Ministry of Health announced a surge in new infections and urged the public to return to previous measures such as wearing face masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and washing hands.

The Minister of Health of the Landes, Jane Ruth Aceng, said Uganda has no evidence of travel restrictions or lockdowns but will instead push for mass vaccinations, particularly for vulnerable groups.

Uganda has moved from zero daily new infections to an average of 50, with most of them coming from the populous districts of Kampala and Wakiso in central Uganda.

For example, on Wednesday the country recorded 58 new cases, the highest in recent months.

“This increase is similar to the increase seen in June 2021 when the delta variant was dominant,” said Dr. A said ceng.

She noted that the Omicron variant is more common in the country and, while often mild, can cause serious illness and death in people with underlying risks.

< p>During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Yoweri Museveni said he was concerned about the new infections and possible transmissions, especially after Uganda’s recent Martyrs’ Day, which saw more than a million people in nearby Namugongo gathered from Kampala >

“People didn’t wear masks in Namugongo. They mistakenly think that going to church doesn’t make you sick. I’m a bit worried about what I saw there,” he said.

The country, which has received over 40 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine so far, is struggling to get most of its Population to be vaccinated due to public apathy.

As of Wednesday, 16 million people had received at least a single dose of Covid-19, while 10 million were fully vaccinated, according to official figures. The original goal was to vaccinate at least 22 million people out of the 42 million Ugandans by now.