Five more patients have tested positive for Coronavirus disease bringing the total number in the country to 184.
308 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours out of which the five, three Kenyans and two are foreigners tested positive.
Three of the cases are from Nairobi, the other two Mombasa. One case emanated from mandatory quarantine while the other four were picked by our surveillance team.
Speaking during a press briefing Thursday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that one person has succumbed to the Covid-19 disease while 12 persons have been discharged after full recovery.
¨One person from Mombasa has succumbed to the Covid-19 disease. The victim was diagnosed with the virus during postmortem adding that 12 persons have been discharged after full recovery,¨ said CS Kagwe.
The ages of the 5 new cases who have already been moved to isolation range between age 39 and 77 years, three are males and two females.
The CS warned all business people, market sellers, barbershop, and salon attendants against flouting the outlined guidelines by the government and emphasised the need for them to fumigate premises, observe social distance, wear face masks, use hand sanitisers and wash hands.
¨We have noted with concern that some Boda boda operators, Jua kali sector, market sellers salon and barber shop operators still flouting regulations meant to curb the spread of coronavirus. If found we shall take stern action,¨ noted CS.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Health Director General Dr Patrick Amoth discouraged citizens from using gloves saying there is no research showing advantages of using them to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.
He said the government is closing down some quarantine facilities such as Trademark hotels, Panari among others.
Dr Amoth noted that Kenyans who may require to come to Nairobi for specialized treatment like Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other treatments, will be provided with letters to allow them to travel in order to access services.