The number of Coronavirus patients in the country has shot to 184 from the previous 179 cases announced on Wednesday.
Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe on Thursday announced that 308 people were tested in 24 hours and out of the 308 tested, 5 people tested positive.
Out of the five, three are male while two are female. Three of the new cases are Kenyans and two are foreign nationals all who had a travel history from Tanzania and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Only one of these cases emanated from the quarantine facilities while four were tracked down by the surveillance teams
The Health CS also said that an additional 4people have been discharged in the last 24 hours bringing the number of recoveries to 12. However, there was also one death which the CS says was only realized during the autopsy.
“We have tested over 308 Kenyans and out of those five have tested positive. out of these, one was from the quarantine facilities while the others were tracked down by our surveillance teams, Unfortunately, we also lost one person who died earlier and was only realized that it was as a result of COVID-19 during the autopsy,” he said
Kagwe revealed that two quarantine facilities have been closed after those who were quarantined there were released.
The CS also warned Boda Boda operators against going against the directive not to carry more than one passenger.
“We have noted that there are those flaunting the directive and are still carrying more than one passenger. We have made it very clear that we will take every measure against those flaunting the rules and we will take their boda boda. We have also noted that they are the ones being used to facilitate movement across the police roadblocks and we call on the association to take charge of their members.” He said
Kagwe also called on Jua Cali artisans, Barbershop and Salon operators to observe the social distancing within their premises.
” We have noted that there is no distancing in their premises and will like our brothers in the said fields to ensure social distancing as well as ensure both them and their clients have masks, Just assume that everyone you are handling is positive,” he added
The CS said the government has noted the high level of face masks being sold in the streets and will continue to monitor them for their quality.
CS Kagwe also called on Kenyans to stay home over the Easter period and avoid unnecessary parties at a time when the country is trying to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness, like the flu with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
To protect yourself, you are required to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact (i.e maintain a social distance of 1 meter or 3 feet) with people.
The national government has also asked Kenyans to put on face masks whenever in public transport, supermarkets and open-air markets.