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Uproar On Social Media Over Daily Nation Feature On COVID-19

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Readers of the Daily Nation, both offline and online were not happy with a particular feature on the Tuesday July 21 paper.

The headline wrote “Mass graves and body bags as counties plan for huge rise in deaths”.

According to the feature, the national and some county governments have begun preparing for the worst case scenario with coronavirus infections soaring upwards.

The Daily Nation feature on COVID-19 published on Tuesday July 21. Source: Twitter.

The country has so far recorded 13,353 COVID-19 infections and 234 deaths.

“Several county governments have started preparing public grave yards in readiness for an anticipated rise in COVID-19 related deaths.” read the article.

It went on to explain that most critical care facilities are running out of space as patients take up home-based care, while others who are critically ill are left to their own devices.

The feature sparked an uproar across social media, many believing that the country has opted to prepare for death instead of life.

“Conclusion, we are preparing for death because we have failed to prepare for life.” wrote Daily Nation writer and editor Faith Oneya.

COVID-19 healthcare workers in an isolation ward. Source: Star

“Very unfortunate Kenyan Governors are more prepared to bury rather than mass test to curb spread, reduce infections, increase bed capacity & healthcare workers conditions at Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Board. What are they even going to tell State House on Friday? God help poor Kenyans!” wrote @SakwaMasai

“Masks on please. Be responsible human beings and wash your hands with soap and water. Social distance and stay home if you can.” reminded @ciiru_wanjiru, a medical student.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday July 20 convened the Fifth Extraordinary Session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit to be held on Friday July 24, 2020.

In a statement seen by 254News.co.ke on Monday July 20, the session has been convened following a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.

“The disease has so far infected 44 out of the 47 counties and it shall be a status conference that shall assess the counties’ state preparedness within the wider national response to the coronavirus pandemic and evaluate Kenya’s overall national response and capacity” read the statement by State House spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo.

Check out the rest of the reactions on Twitter to the Daily Nation feature below:


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