Kenya Coronavirus cases hit 126 as four more confirmed

Written By: Muraya Kamunde

“Let us observe the guidelines that the Government has put in place by washing hands and avoiding gathering because it puts our lives and those of our loved ones at risk.”CS Kagwe

Kenya has confirmed four new cases of Coronavirus bringing the total to 126 in the country.

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The four tested positive from 372 samples the Ministry of Health took for testing the virus. In terms of the three are male and one female.

Three of the four cases confirmed Saturday are Kenyans and one Pakistan. Two had travelled from Pakistan and Malawi while one contracted the virus locally.

Speaking during his daily briefing, Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe said that the Government had discharged 1109 from the follow-up programme and another 672 are been monitored by Health officials.

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The Health Ministry has also tested a total of 1781 people who are in isolation centres.

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Kagwe cautioned Kenyans who are not observing social distancing while under quarantine saying the medical teams have been instructed to extend their quarantine period for 14 days.

“There those who went on partying sprees in quarantine facilities, against every protocol issued. We have instructed our medical teams to extend quarantine period in facilities that have individuals who need another 14 days, given contacts have tested positive,” said Kagwe.

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“For some wild reason, there is a relaxed atmosphere for people gathering in groups. There is a government directive, against gathering anywhere. We have heard rumours of a group of over 6000 people who intend to gather and such gatherings will not take place.”

The Health CS urged people who are visiting supermarkets and other open-air markets to wear masks so as to prevent transmission.

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“Looking at global statistics; the youth are the ones contacting the disease most and are safer than older people,” said CS Kagwe.

In the meantime, Kagwe said that laboratories in KEMRI particular are involved in research to ensure Kenya manufactures it’s own testing kits locally.

He added that the Government is now manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and assured the health officials countrywide that they are now secure.


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