The number of Coronavirus patients in the country has shot to 189 from the previous 184 cases announced on Thursday.
Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe reported that all five new cases are Kenyans aged between 27 and 58 years. One of the patients recently travelled back to the country from the UAE.
Three are from Mombasa, while Nairobi and Nyandarua have one case each.
During his daily briefing at Afya house, Kagwe also revealed that another ten patients have recovered from the novel covid-19 bringing the total number of recoveries to 22.
In the last 24 hours, a total of 504 samples were tested from which the five new sample tested positive.
“They are two males and 3 females. One case was from mandatory quarantine and the others were picked by our surveillance teams,” he said.
According to the CS, a total of 2,054 coronavirus cases have been monitored and 1,481 cleared.
“573 remain in the monitoring program,”he said, adding that a total of 6,192 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus.
Kagwe also announced mass testing is being conducted with priority being given to all medical personnel.
“We are able to conduct 600 tests per day and will increase capability in days to come. We are also now able to use automatic machines,” he added.
On Thursday, the Cabinet secretary 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
Kagwe further 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.