(Kenya) Coronavirus: 20 boarding schools in each county to be mapped out and equipped to serve as coronavirus quarantine and treatment facilities as positive cases soar
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The government of Kenya has directed the Ministry of Education to join hands with all the 47 county governments to identify and equip at least 20 boarding schools per county which will serve as COVID-19 isolation centers and hospitals.
This move follows the recent projection by the Kenyan government which indicated that Coronavirus positive cases are likely to soar to 10, 000 by the end of April with a marginal error of 0.05%.
Kenya has so far confirmed 50 positive coronavirus cases (by Monday March30, 2020.)
Speaking on Citizen TV news on Monday, March 30, 2020; Dr. Patrick Amoth, the Director-General MOH said that the number of coronavirus positive cases might soar higher than the projected 10, 000 cases if Kenyans continue to ignore the directives and measures issued to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Dr. Amoth, the major challenge lies in the insufficient supply of coronavirus protective equipment. Since coronavirus protective gear is meant for Single-use, Kenya is likely to face a greater challenge because the kits are not locally available.
However, the Government is working on local capacity building by engaging local companies such as Rivertex to help in the production of coronavirus protective equipment such as masks.
Besides, Dedan Kimathi and Jomo Kenyatta Universities have been brought on board to help in the production of ventilators.
Dr. Amoth further added that according to the MOH projection, one person can transmit the novel coronavirus to four people. Therefore, if Kenyans do not observe social distancing, they should brace for tougher times.
The DG also added that the Kenyan health system is weak just like many African countries. Therefore, if coronavirus cases soar, the Kenyan health system is likely to be overrun.
Coronavirus latest world statistics
The world has so recorded over 33,000 coronavirus related deaths in 177 countries.
New York remains a ghost city following the coronavirus lockdown. America has recorded 142, 793 coronavirus cases with one-third of the cases being traced back to New York City.
Projections indicate that coronavirus related deaths in America are likely to rise to 200, 000.
Italy on the other hand has recorded 10, 000 COVID-19 deaths with over 100, 000 people affected by the pandemic.
Spain has recorded over 85, 000 coronavirus cases with 7, 000 deaths.
In China, people are slowly going back to their normal life with Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus having been reopened.
China has recorded 81, 000 Infections and 3, 000 coronavirus deaths.