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Kenya’s coronavirus cases rise to 38

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NASIBO KABALE

By NASIBO KABALE
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The number of people in Kenya who have tested positive for the Covid-19 disease has risen to 38, the Ministry of Health said Saturday.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said seven more people had tested positive for the new coronavirus and the analysis of 81 suspected cases in the last 24 hours.

They are four Kenyans, two Congolese and a Chinese citizen. Three of them are female and four male.

“Out of the seven , four had a history of traveling from countries with active transmission, one had travelled from Mombasa while two did not have a travel history,” he said.

CS Kagwe announced that Nairobi was still leading in the number of cases with 28, followed by Kilifi with six, Mombasa with two and Kwale and Kajiado with one each.

“The trend we have seen on increasing numbers is not a healthy one,” he said, and reiterated the need for members of the public to adhere to measures the government has taken to curb spread of the virus.

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Regarding testing, the minister announced that Kenya’s first and third patients had tested negative and a third round of testing will follow in 48 hours.

He said contact tracing was ongoing and that out of 1,141 who were being monitored closely, 163 were discharged after a 14-day follow-up period, leaving 978.

The ministry said that starting Sunday, people who arrived the country last week will undergo mass testing.

While referring to Nairobi, he said, “There’s no single estate untouched by the 28 people mentioned and as we start mass testing we will get more positive cases.”

CS Kagwe also announced that he had undergone testing and that the result was negative.



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