Covid-19: 5 more cases confirmed as recoveries rise to 22

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

The government has confirmed 5 more Covid-19 cases bringing the total number of patients to 189 in Kenya. The 5 tested positive out of 504 tested samples. The 5, aged between 27 and 58 years old are all Kenyan nationals and only one has a history of travel from the UAE, 3 of the cases are from Mombasa while Nairobi and Nyandarua have 1 each. 1 was from a quarantine facility while the others were picked by the surveillance teams. 10 more individuals have recovered, however, and will be discharged from the Mbagathi Isolation facility, with recoveries now at 22, “This is good news indeed it’s a good Friday. For the first time in a day we release more people than we took in,” said Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

2054 contacts have been monitored so far, 1481 have been cleared during follow up programs and 573 remain in the monitoring programme. 6,192 samples have been tested so far. The Health CS has also reminded Kenyans to prefer using cashless transactions to avert any risks of contacting the Coronavirus, “Once again I’m asking you to take all the measures that you can to avoid exchanging notes and coins, physical money presents surfaces that can be very easily contaminated with the virus, avoid it,” he said.

On the issue of Personal Protective equipment (PPEs), he said they haven’t distributed PPEs across the country but they are available. He said there were earlier hitches that delayed the distribution, including EU and WHO set standards, “We should be able to catch up and distribute across the areas we are saying,” he said, adding that the capacity of producing the PPEs is more than 30,000 a day.