Data compiled by DataHom.com shows that more Kenyans from different towns continue to show interest in the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the data, since February 1st, 2020, more Kiambu have been searching for more information about the virus.
Based on queries logged in the search engine Google, Coronavirus searches from Kiambu had achieved the peak popularity of 100 by the week ending May 2nd. The second search volume is from Ngong residents with a popularity score of 94, followed by Kikuyu with a score of 90. On the other hand, Athi River and Nakuru score stand at 88.
Ruiru residents occupy the sixth spot with a score of 87, followed by Thika at 76. Eldoret residents come eighth with a Google popularity score of 73, which is similar to Mombasa and Kisii. Juja occupies the 11th slot with a score of 70 followed by Nyeri (68), and Kisumu (67).
Interestingly Coronavirus related searches from Nairobi have a popularity score of 62 to occupy the 14th spot. Notably, Nairobi is the most hit county with 288 cases with Mombasa second at 158 cases. In total, the country has recorded 490 cases, with 173 recoveries and 24 deaths. The cases have been on the rise since the government embarked on mass testing.
The government introduced measures such as enforcing a night long curfew across the country alongside prohibiting movement in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kilifi counties.
Kenya’s overall online searches on Coronavirus drop
The data also overviewed the general interest of the country in the Coronavirus subject. From the week of January 19-25 and April 26-May 2nd, the number of people interested in knowing more about the virus has been fluctuating.
During the week of January 19-25, the search had a popularity score of 2, which later grew 500% to 12 the following week. More Kenyans were interested in knowing more about the virus during the week of March 22-28 when it had a peak popularity score of 100. Before that, there was a sharp increase in the number of cases between the weeks of March 1-7 and March 15-21 with the growth of 389.4. A week later it dropped to 87 and then 70. The week of April 19-25 saw the search get a score of 78.
The searches correlate with a period when the pandemic had hit Kenya. During this period, more people were in a panic looking for more information about the virus. It is not clear why the searches have been dropping in recent weeks. However, it can be assumed that people are now channeled with sufficient information regarding the virus.
The Google search popularity score represents search interest relative to the highest point in the chart for the given region and time. In this case, a value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. A score of 0 means there was not enough data for this term.
Globally, the Coronavirus has affected more than 3.5 million people, with 251,492 fatalities. The United States leads in the number of infections at 1,208,036.