The government has now said it will cater for the costs of quarantining patients in state facilities.
“The cost of targeted testing and quarantine facilities shall be met by the government. Kenyans should therefore not be afraid to be tested,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said on Wednesday.
This measures, Kagwe said, are aimed at ensuring that the disease is identified, isolated and contained.
This move comes as a relief to Kenyans had complained about being asked to pay quarantine costs.
The CS also said that 422 Covid-19 patients are admitted at different hospitals and one of whom is in critical condition.
Kagwe in reference to patients coming home from India and other countries said that they will be released to their doctors and quarantine premises recommended by their doctors.
People breaking curfew measures were also put on notice during the brief bt the Health CS.
“People should not break the curfew regulations. Severe action will be taken. Please do stay at home and work from home. It is important for us to practice this,” Kagwe urged.
Kenya has recorded 47 new coronavirus cases, bringing the number to 582 people.
A total of 32 are from Mombasa while 11 are from Nairobi, two in Busia and one each in Kiambu and Kwale.
In Nairobi, five cases were from Eastleigh.
Kagwe said the cases in Mombasa are mainly in Old Town, with 18 cases.
Kagwe said 31 are male while 16 female.
Another eight people have been discharged, bringing the total discharged to 190.
On a sad note, another two people have died. They are from Mombasa.
This brings the number to 26, the number of deaths.
Meanwhile, the government has locked down Eastleigh and Old Town as coronavirus cases surge.
There will be no movement within the areas effective Wednesday at 7pm for 15 days, Kagwe said.
“You cannot leave the area to go to another area. This will take place for 15 days,” he said.
Kagwe said public transportation will also not be allowed to go to those areas.