Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati, county officials test positive for COVID-19
Wangamati tested positive alongside several other members of the Bungoma county executive.
News of the county chief testing positive has sent panic among county staff and local residents since the governor and his handlers have in the recent past been mingling with crowds and sometimes without masks.
On Tuesday, October 13, several MCAs and assembly staff turned out for testing. Assembly leadership on Monday, October 12, resolved to shut down operations for at least two weeks.
The MCA's have urged the county leadership to follow suit an only leave skeleton staff in a move to stymie the infections which threaten to turn the executive into a 'superspreader'.
"The testing is voluntary...but since leadership is by example, members are expected to come here for testing," said Bungoma County Assembly Speaker Emmanuel Situma.
Situma's remarks were echoed by Musikoma MCA George Makari who accused the executive of behaving nomaly despite the COVID-19 scare.
Apart from the county staff, at least 100 inmates at the Bungoma GK Prison have also tested positive for the new disease.
The new cases reported in Bungoma came as Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman Tuesday, October 13, announced that 318 more people had tested positive for coronavirus from a sample size of 2,592 examined between Monday and Tuesday.
Aman said the new cases pushed Kenya's tally of the disease to 41,937.
The health official said Kenya's positivity rate had raised above 5% over the past two weeks a trend he described as "moving in the wrong direction".
He warned that the government was going to escalate containment measures if the situation worsens.
" We are beginning to see another steady climb following the relaxation of measures. Today, our positivity rate was above 12%. It is a danger sign that we are moving in the wrong direction.
We will have to face it if we find that the numbers are rising. We will have to restrict movement and perhaps even go back to closing schools," said Aman.