Malindi and Magarini emerging as COVID-19 hotspots in Kilifi

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi during a press briefing. The County has launched BBI signature collection drive./COURTESY

Malindi and Magarini are emerging as the new COVID-19 hotspots in Kilifi County in the last three months, Governor Amason Kingi has said.

Speaking during a press briefing at his office, Governor Kingi said the county has recorded a total of 514 cases, out of which 404 were recorded in the last three months.

“It is worrying that just in the last 3 months alone, the County has registered 404 cases, which is 78% of the total infections since March 2020. This, regrettably, means that our curve has started to rise steeply,” said Kingi.

“Magarini and Malindi have emerged as the new COVID-19 infection hotspots in the last three months, with Magarini registering 118 cases (i.e 29% of total infections for the 3 months) and Malindi registered 86 cases (i.e 21% of total infections for the 3 months),” he added.

According to the governor, sources of infections have been reported to be places of communal gathering, places of work, hotels, and service points especially markets and transport.

“Until today, the COVID-19 infections have affected all categories of our society i.e general public (431 cases), County Government Officials (6), National Government Officials (11), County Government Health Workers (24), and Non-state Health Workers (6,” he said.