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COVID-19: Prisons at High risk as two inmates test positive at Industrial area


The government is set to begin mass testing for COVID-19 in Kenyan prisons after two inmates reportedly tested positive for the disease.

Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing at Afya house, Health CAS Rashid Aman said that termed prisons as high risk areas following the two cases.

“These two cases in Industrial Area Remand Prison I’m certain that our Emergency Operation Centre and Rapid Response Team must have been alerted and are aware of it. The correctional facilities are one of those high risk areas we have identified because of their nature and closeness, Part of our testing is to get into these facilities, work with the prison department in order to be able to determine whether there is transmission of Covid-19 within these facilities and then put in all those necessary measures that we require to protect the inmates”  he said

The CAS also announced that Kenya has recorded 28 new cases of the disease raising the number of cases in the country to  649.

Of the new cases,  24 are Kenyans, while four are Tanzanians.

Meanwhile, five more people have also been discharged after recovering from the virus, raising the number of recoveries to 207.

Out of the 28 new cases, 17 are male while 11 are female.

Ten of the new cases are from Mombasa, nine from Nairobi, four from Migori and two from Kajiado.

Cases in Machakos also increased to two after one more patient tested positive while Kiambu and Homa Bay had one case each.

The 28 cases are from a cluster of 1611 samples tested in the last 24 hours.


The CAS also announced a ban on street hawking as well as social gatherings in Eastleigh and Old Town which are currently on lockdown after they were declared hotspots.


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.