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Why Wajir’s Covid-19 infection rate is high

In the last three weeks, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wajir has increased despite efforts by the county administration to curb the spread.

The county is the fourth countrywide with the highest number of cases at 15 after Nairobi, Mombasa and Kajiado. 

The rising number cases has mainly been attributed to the porous Kenya-Somalia border that is challenging to monitor movement of people.

Out of the 15 patients, 14 have a history of travel to Somalia. The Horn of Africa is currently reeling under a surge of new virus cases. The patients are livestock traders who do their business in the neighbouring country.

As of Tuesday, Somalia had recorded 1,455 cases, 57 deaths and 163 recoveries, according to case tracker Worldometer’s tally.

The rising cases in Somalia has had a direct effect on the Kenyan counties that share a border with Somalia. Garissa county recorded its first Covid-19 case on Monday

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