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Kenya: Mombasa Medics Identify Factors Causing Virus Spread




With 79 cases, Mombasa County has the second-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the country after Nairobi.

In the past three days, the coastal region has recorded a spike in infections, higher than Nairobi’s, with 12 cases reported Thursday alone.

The deadly virus continues to spread rapidly in the county even after the government imposed a lockdown, with the Health ministry singling out Nyali, Mvita and Kisauni as hotspots.

But it has emerged that the virus has been transmitted throughout the county, with many cases likely to be reported in the coming days.

But what is fuelling infections in the county that had been perceived as well prepared for the pandemic?

Health workers say poor use and disposal of face masks, lack of water and recklessness are to blame.

On the island, use of face masks, social distancing and handwashing have not been fully embraced by residents.

“In Old Town, the houses are closely built and if one is affected, the neighbour is in danger. Some people are not following safety protocols to combat the virus. I believe if we follow these safety measures well, we will minimise the spread,” health worker Hawaa Mohammed said.


Governor Hassan Joho has decried the “sheer irresponsibility and recklessness”, saying many residents still do not belief the disease is real.

He said Mombasa is now grappling with community transmission.