Covid-19: Government concerned with transmission at border Counties as cases hit 700

271 new infections have been confirmed by the Health Ministry

The cases of Covid-19 in Kenya have increased to 700 after 28 more people tested positive out of 841 samples tested in 24 hours. 10 of the cases are in Mombasa, 9 from Kajiado, 7 from Nairobi and 2 from Wajir. 12 more patients have also been discharged, with recoveries now at 251 and 1 patient has died in Nairobi, with the number of Covid-19 deaths at 33.

However, the government has noted with concern the vulnerability of Coronavirus transmission at Kenya’s borders, with movements in and out of neighbouring countries posing a danger of imported Coronavirus cases. Health CAS Rashid Aman confirmed that the 9 cases picked up in Kajiado were truck drivers who were coming in from Tanzania and were tested at the Namanga border point. He said Tanzanian drivers who wanted to enter Kenya were also tested on their side of the border in Tanzania and 5 were found positive. The Tanzanian administration took up their cases.

He also pointed out the Kenya-Somalia border, saying that some positive cases were people who had conducted cross overs between the two nations taking advantage of porous borders, with highlighted Counties Wajir and Mandera, “We are urging the communities along the borders to keep a keen eye and report any movements they see across the borders,” said Aman.