22 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 81. This is the largest number the country has recorded in a single day since the first case was reported on March 13.
Speaking Tuesday during the daily briefing on Covid-19 situation in the country, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said they had tested over 380 Kenyans in the last 24 hrs, out of those 18 Kenyans, 2 Pakistani and 2 Cameroonians tested positive.
“13 of the cases are males and 9 are female. One of them is a patient admitted to Mombasa Hospital” the CS announced.
The virus has now spread to five other counties namely Kiambu, Kakamega, Machakos, Muranga and Nyamira.
From the latest cases Mombasa has (7) Kiambu (2) Kakamega (1) Kilifi (1) Machakos (1) Muranga (1) Nyamira (1) and Nairobi (1).
21 out of the 22 confirmed cases are people in quarantine. The patients are stable apart from one who is admitted at Aga Khan Hospital Intensive Care Unit. One other patient is likely to be declared free of the virus anytime.
Kagwe warned that the disease was spreading fast in the community and urged Kenyans to comply with the measures by the government to stop the spread of the deadly virus including social distancing which he termed as paramount.
“There are many skeptics but the truth is the disease is now here with us and it is spreading widely” he warned adding “we cannot emphasis enough what is ahead of us, let us observe strictly what the govt is saying. This disease knows no boundaries”.
So far, the total number of close contacts that we have so far been monitoring stands at 1675. Out of this number, 706 have been discharged from contact follow up process after completing the 14 days follow up period.
Currently, the teams are monitoring 969 close contacts of confirmed cases.
The CS said the government will ensure all healthcare workers who are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients have the highest most protective gear.
This follows a protest by the Kenya Clinical Officers Association after one of the female clinicians based in Nairobi contracted the virus while in the line of duty.
Acting Director General, Dr. Patrick Amoth confirmed that the clinical officer admitted at Mbagathi hospital contracted the virus from a patient who travelled to Nigeria and she is responding well to treatment.
Amoth also revealed that corona patients are being treated for symptoms with Chloroquine and Azithromycn drugs.
Being a viral disease, there is no treatment for a cure and patients are being treated for symptoms through supportive measures. He however said all the drugs being used are being studied.
Kagwe said Kenya will start manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) locally to cope with the shortage
“We are working to address the global shortage of PPEs by having them manufactured locally. Already KIKOTEC in Kitui has been approved to manufacture face masks and has began the manufacturing process”.
On Lock down, the CS said if Kenyans continue behaving well there will be no need for total lock down but hinted at enforcing stiffer measures.
“There are many Kenyans who are still infected and more are still getting infected as result of coming into contact with those who have tested positive for the virus. We must not relent in fight against the virus by observing the preventive measures that we have been communicating to you” he stated.
He dispelled reports of divisions in the government spearheading the fight against corona.
“The Government is dealing with the fight against the disease through a multi-agency approach. We are alive to the fact that there are people who may want to pour cold water on the united approach with a view to grinding the machine to a halt” he added.