A possible crisis is looming in Mombasa county as the burial spaces in the region continue to witness a surge in the number of Covid-19 deaths.

Authorities have warned that if the crisis is not controlled, public graveyards will be outrun due to coronavirus-related deaths. 

  Governor Hassan Joho cited Kiziwi, one of the largest cemeteries in the county, which has only 20 slots remaining. 

According to Joho, the rising cases are due to the disregard of covid 19 protocols. 

  He said statistics from hospitals indicate that there has been an increase in moderate and severe coronavirus cases.  

“We have been very close to people who are positive but, because we never let our guard down, we are okay. People are succumbing to the virus. I beg you, adhere to the protocols. Covid-19 is real. It is killing people. If we are not careful, we will bury many people,” he said. 

According to the Kikowani Muslim Cemetery vice-chairman Captain Twalib Khamis residents should adhere to the protocols. 

“For the past few weeks, we have witnessed many deaths. People are being buried at this cemetery and, if this trend continues, the graveyard will be full and we will have no space to bury our loved ones,” he warned.

As of Tuesday, Kenya had recorded a total of 71,729 cases with 1,302 deaths. The number of recoveries currently stands at 47,262.