Kenya has recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of reported cases in the country to 621.
Speaking during the daily briefing, Health CAS Rashid Aman said the 14 are out of the 922 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
All the new cases are Kenyans with 10 from Nairobi, Three from Mombasa and one from Machakos.
13 of the new patients were picked up by the ministry’s surveillance teams while one is from a quarantine facility.
So far 19 counties have registered cases in the country with Machakos being the latest to report a case.
Out of the 10 cases in Nairobi, 4 are from Kasarani, 2 from Makadara,one each from Umoja, South C and Dagoretti.
Of the new cases 9 are male while five are female. They are aged between 11 months and 49 years old.
In the last 24 hours, Kenya has also discharged another five patients, raising the number of recoveries in the country to 202.
CAS Aman called on Kenyans to adhere to the guidelines following several complaints that Kenyans are using panya routes to move out of Eastleigh area and Old Town which are currently on lockdown.
“The issue of movement out of the restricted are is still a major issue to us. We want to appeal to Kenyans to adhere to the directives that have been put in place. We appreciate that these measures create a great deal of inconveniences to everyone but a time comes when everyone has to make sacrifices. Such behaviors is not heroic and can erode all gains made in the fight against the spread of the virus.This is not normal times. Only change of behavior can help us at this time.” he said
The CAS further revealed that a total of 237 Kenyans who had traveled to India for medical purposes arrived in Kenya on Thursday evening.
The 237 are currently in various hotels in Nairobi awaiting processing by officials before they proceed on a 14 day mandatory quarantine.
The repatriation comes after the state organised chartered flights to allow Kenyans to travel back at their own cost.
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 because this will keep you safe in case an infected person sneezes or coughs beside you. Ensure you put on a face mask whenever in public transport , supermarkets and open-air markets.