The number of Coronavirus patients in Kenya has risen to 581, after 47 cases were confirmed. 32 of the new cases are in Mombasa-18 in Old Town- and 11 in Nairobi-with 5 from Eastleigh-2 in Busia, 1 in Kiambu and 1 in Kwale. 2 more people have died in Mombasa bringing the total fatalities to 26, and 8 have been discharged, the number of recoveries now at 190.
Speaking to the press at Afya House on Wednesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the two people who died in Mombasa were in their homes, raising further concern. The government has also ordered the cessation of movement into and out of Eastleigh in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa, effective from today, Wednesday 7pm for 15 days. CS Kagwe said this is in order to contain the spread of infection in Eastleigh and Old Town, areas which have seen a steady increase in Covid-19 cases. Markets, restaurants and eateries shall also be closed in those two aforementioned areas effective from Wednesday 6th, 7pm for 15 days.
Owing to the fact that Kenyans have raised concerns with mandatory quarantine costs, something which has kept many away from targeted mass testing, CS Kagwe said all costs of targeted testing and quarantine at government quarantine facilities shall be met by the government.