For the past month, Kisumu County has been regarded the epicenter of the Indian COVID-19 variant’s propagation.

Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o, the Kisumu county governor, recently released a report that confirms the worst fears: the current infection rate is exhibiting more severe symptoms than previous cases.

Kisumu county has seen a continuous increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, resulting in a total of 5,739 infections.

168 instances were reported in the first week of May.

The next week, from the 10th to the 16th of May, the number of people increased to 181.

There were 805 instances between the 24th and 30th of May, and 780 instances between the 31st and 5th of June.

During the Madaraka day celebrations last week, such circumstances were witnessed, and medical experts predict that the effects of breaking the COVID-19 guidelines will be noticed in the coming weeks.

What is concerning, as Professor Nyongo points out, is the county’s death rate, which has risen from an average of 12 per week last year to a new high of 18 per week this year, with the age bracket beyond 60 years being the most vulnerable.]

Now, the COVID-19 multi-agency group in the county is attempting to restrict the virus by resuming a crackdown on PSVs and bodabodas.

As of Monday 7th June, the total confirmed cases stand at 172,639, with cumulative tests completed at 1,836,410.

According to the Ministry, 1,147 people are now being treated in various health institutions across the country, with 4,802 individuals being treated through the Home Based Isolation and Care program.

There are 102 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 26 of whom are on ventilatory support and 60 on supplementary oxygen, according to reports. A total of 16 patients are being monitored.