Cases subside ahead of 2021 school calendar

As the world inches closer to the end of 2020, Kenya’s coronavirus situation has been on the downward trend. – By Gerald Gekara.

On Tuesday, The Ministry of Health announced 147 new coronavirus cases sampled from a population size of 3,043 tested in the last 24 hours.

The cases have pushed the country’s tally to 96,113 after 1,038,352 cumulative tests.

This means that Kenya is still edging the 5% infection rate required to execute normalcy, ahead of the 2021 school reopening date.

As pupils brace for a tough learning year, huge concerns have been raised over the country’s ability to control COVID-19 infections among students.

Schools being social environments, it is impossible to achieve the recommended 6 feet social distance rule.

However the education ministry has assured Kenyans that the government has plans to ensure that more infrastructure is erected in schools.

The Ministry of Education announced a 19 Billion package to public and private schools, as a kickstart to ensure adequate facilities are established.

“The Ministry of Education will disburse Sh19 billion to both primary and secondary schools ahead of reopening next Monday. The ministry will channel 15bn to secondary schools while 4bn will go to primary schools.” said Magoha.

So far the county has recorded 1,665 deaths as a result of COVID-19, with a total of 77,659 recoveries.