Fear grips Nakuru as COVID-19 comes knocking
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Residents of Upperhill and Eastmore areas in Nakuru East constituency have expressed fears following the recent announcement by the Ministry of Health in which Nakuru recorded 9 new cases of Covid 19. After the weekend announcement by the ministry, wind had spread that a portion of the cases had been traced to areas within the estates. This sent waves of fear across the estates situated in the outskirts of Nakuru Town CBD.
As of Monday afternoon, sources intimated that a lockdown had been on a host of rental blocks within Eastmore area as the government rushed to curtail the spread of the virus. In contrast to what was days ago a busy road with locals moving about their businesses off the Nakuru-Nyahururu Highway, Eastmore Drive today saw a fall in the number of people frequenting the streets.
Bernard Ng’ang’a, a fresh fruits vendor in the area attributed the change to the grim reality that is hitting the estate. “Today people have donned their masks properly without any enforcement. When the virus comes closer home, you cannot ignore it. We have seen parents restrict their children from going out as much as they did, just about a day ago. It is real.” A few metres from Benson’s stall, sits one of the rental blocks that has since been locked down to prevent the spread of the virus, as it is cited that one of the cases had originated from here. Benson intimates that he, just like other locals in the area, is frightened, as one of the positive cases is that of a neighbor, well known to him.
According to a statement by the County Government of Nakuru, the county has a total of 60 confirmed cases, with 8 patients having recovered and discharged. As at now 29 patients are admitted; 24 at the Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru and five at the Naivasha Isolation facility. Further acknowledging the fast spreading of the disease and urging residents to be more vigilant, CECM Health Services Nakuru County, Dr. Kariuki Gichuki said that the surveillance team is conducting contact tracing of the recently confirmed cases.