Covid-19 cases hit 830;President announces closure of Kenya-TZ, Kenya-Somalia borders

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Frontline Covid-19 health workers. Photo/ courtesy
Frontline Covid-19 health workers. Photo/ courtesy

Kenya has recorded 49 more Covid-19 cases, with the total number of positive cases now at 830. Speaking during a Covid-19 press address on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said 301 patients have so far been discharged in total-17 recoveries in the last 24 hours-and 5 more have died, with fatalities now at 50, “It’s disturbing to note that close to 30% of these recorded deaths occurred at home,” he said.

The President also announced the cessation of movement of people, vehicles, ferrying automobiles into and out of Kenya at the Kenya-Tanzania border and likewise at the Kenya-Somalia border, with the exception of those transporting cargo. He said the drivers have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing at the said border points, and will only be granted entry if they test negative.

He highlighted the increasing number of imported cases of those who came from Tanzania and Somalia. He said among positive cases recorded in Kenya in this week only, 43 have recently crossed the border from Somalia and Tanzania. As of Friday, cases spread across border towns were Wajir-14, Isebania-10, Namanga-16, Lungalunga-2 and Loitokitok-1. 78 truck drivers who are foreign nationals also tested positive in the past week and were denied entry into Kenya, “If we had not undertaken the intervention the imported cases through our borders would have today accounted for more than 50% of this week’s infections,” said President Kenyatta.