COVID death toll hits 1,681 as Kagwe hints at vaccine deal


A researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the ...
A researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. PHOTO | COURTESY | UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Kenya’s coronavirus death toll hit 1,681 on Friday as Health CS Mutahi Kagwe hinted at a vaccine deal in February 2021.

Speaking after he signed an agreement with the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers to end their strike, the CS said the government has ordered vaccines and inoculation will start with healthcare workers.

“By the end of second week of Febraury we might have the vaccine. Police, teachers and health care workers will be vaccinated first. There will be no mandatory vaccination of anyone. It will be for those who are willing,” he said on Friday.

Cs Kagwe noted that the country will have to be very vigilant on increase of COVID-19 cases increase as it is possible that when schools reopen the rate might surge up.

According to him, Kenyans can expect a surge in January which will later slow down.

“Parents and County government officials must ensure that there are measures put in place and there is strict adherence to them. We have issued protocols on how to operate including protection of children and teachers as well,” he said.

He averred that teachers are more at risk of exposure to the virus and there needs to be increased awareness and compliance to the ministry protocols.

The CS further noted that the Government will avail 7.5million masks to deserving cases.

“If a class is too big, in good weather the classes should be conducted outside. The Ministry of Education will be issuing further details,” CS Kagwe added.

The CS said 11 more patients had succumb to coronavirus in the last 24 hours raising the death toll to 1,681.

156 more people tested positive from 4,317 samples tested raising the country’s caseload to 96,612.

 

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