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“You Save Me, I Save You, and We Defeat COVID-19”

By Esther Nyambura

On Saturday afternoon, the health CS Mutahi Kagwe has unveiled a new slogan “Save me I save you” in the war against COVID-19. In his tour to assess the preparedness of COVID-19 in Embu County, the CS has announced 688 new COVID-19 positive cases which are distributed in the Counties of Nairobi 537, Kiambu 59, Machakos 20, Mombasa 18, Busia 15, Kajiado 14, Kilifi 5, Laikipia 5, Meru 4, and Tana River, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru County with two cases each while Bungoma, Isiolo, Makueni, Migori, and Narok has one case each.

“When I protect you, you protect me. We must protect each other. When the person next to you is keeping distance, you will also be protecting that person by keeping the same distance. The success of fighting the virus can only be achieved when we work together and take personal responsibility. By doing so, we will save your child, your friend, your mother, your father, your sister, and your brother. Let’s save each other.”

The Health CS has requested the public to assume that the person beside them is positive. “Assume the person beside you is positive, and when you approach the person, you will get positive.” “While curfew is still in force countrywide, until 6th August when the president will issue new directions, I urge you to save me, I save you. That is what is called personal responsibility. If we agree, we are going to save each other.”

The CS has also praised Embu County for establishing 360 beds and 18 ICU beds to manage the pandemic. Embu County has recorded two positive cases that have recovered and twenty-one people are in quarantine.

Out of 4522 samples tested in the last 24 hours, 688 are positive. Out of these cases, 425 are males and 263 are females with the youngest being a 7-month infant and the oldest being 95 years old. 457 people have recovered in the past day, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4440. In regard to political gatherings, he said, “When a politician calls a public gathering, you have a choice – to go there or not. Take personal responsibility. Don’t go there. You don’t have to be there.”

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