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COVID-19 at Bahati Girls: 68 Students and 5 Teachers Test Positive

Five teachers and sixty-eight students at Bahati Girls Secondary School, in Nakuru County, tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Nakuru County Health CEC, Kariuki Gichuki confirmed the news today (Thursday), November 5, 2020. Gichuki said that one student developed complications related to COVID-19 and is undergoing treatment at Nakuru isolation and management center.

“One student tested positive for COVID-19. She had developed complications and she is undergoing treatment at the Nakuru PGH COVID-19 isolation and management center.

“A team of medics is monitoring the condition of the individuals who tested positive and are in isolation in the school,” said Mr. Gichuki.

Mr. Gichuki told the public that there is no need for panic as the department of health is keeping an eye on the situation in Nakuru.

Many schools in Kenya have recorded cases of COVID-19 since schools reopened for Form 4, Class 8, and Grade 4. Shortly after schools reopened, Tononoka Secondary School and two other schools in Mombasa recorded COVID-19 cases before Tononoka Secondary School.

The principal of Tononoka Secondary School Mr. Khamis later died due to complications allegedly related to COVID-19 and his family and friends buried him the following Monday.

Education Ministry CAS Zack Kinuthia addressed the nation and told Kenyans that the government will deal with COVID-19 in schools on a case-by-case basis.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during his COVID-19 national address announced that one-on-one classes for the other classes in basic education institutions will resume learning in January 2021.

However, President Uhuru allowed learners currently in schools to continue learning. 

The President also urged Members of Parliament to involve National Government Administration Officers, the Constituency Development Fund, and the National Government Affirmative Action Fund boards to make investments for coming up with additional handwashing points, ensuring physical distancing in schools and each child to have a mask.

“I urge and encourage MPs to engage NGAAF and CDF boards with the intention of finding a way to augment the existing interventions that are geared towards the reopening of our schools. I also urge them to make investments that focus on additional handwashing points in our schools, providing face masks to our children, general sanitization as well as a physical distancing of students and teachers,” said President Uhuru.

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