The rise of Covid-19 deaths in Nyeri County has resulted in to shortage of hearses.

According to the majority of those making coffins at furniture marts in Nyeri town, the business is booming and they are unable to meet some orders.

Speaking to KNA at the business site, Joseph Muriithi said that the rate at which people were succumbing is alarming yet some people are flouting the Ministry of Health guidelines.

Muriithi said that there is a traffic of people booking for coffins where in a day they are getting more than 300 people and before mid-July this year, they were only getting less than 100 people.

“What I can say now is to urge our people to continue observing the guidelines given by the Ministry of Health as we are losing a lot of people,” said Muriithi.

Stephen Githaiga who also makes coffins narrated how he feels when people come for coffins saying “even if it's business, I sometimes feel touched especially during this pandemic”.

Another Maina Kanyua also called on people to follow the set guidelines failure to which more and more deaths would be recorded.

At Nyeri Referral Hospital morgue, an attendant who sought anonymity said that the morgue was full to capacity and more and more people were still dying at the health facility.

This comes barely two weeks since Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga called on residents to ensure they take the Covid-19 shots seriously as it boosted immunity to the disease.

He noted that there were worrying trends of reduced adherence to the public health measures where people have largely contributed to transmission leading to many deaths.

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