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Gatanga village that has lost seven people to COVID-19 in three weeks

Kenya on Monday, August 8 recorded 591 new COVID-19 cases, from a sample of 4,737 tested in the last 24 hours.

With the new cases, Kenya’s positivity rate now stands at 12.5 percent, with the national caseload climbing to 204,271. A total of 2,142,309 samples have been tested so far.

With all indications pointing to a possible fourth wave of coronavirus infections in the country, two villages in Murang’a County have lost seven of their members to COVID-19, in a span of only a week.

James Mwangi lost his father, grandmother, and step-father to COVID-19, in a span of one week. All three are yet to be buried because the hospital bills have accrued to KSh116,000.

“I have lost four family members to COVID-19 in a span of one week. A relative travelled and then contracted the virus, then he infected the others. Others who tested positive for COVID-19 are receiving treatment at the hospital,” says Mwangi.

Murang’a Health CEC Jospeh Mbai says one person reportedly attended a burial in Western Kenya and is believed to have contracted the novel virus while at the function.

Mbai has since given directives to be followed in the two sub Locations in Gatanga Constituency such as closure of bars, eateries. Churches have been urged to observe the one-third rule in sitting arrangements, to ensure social distancing.

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