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Kenya receives two mobile laboratories to boost COVID-19 testing capacity


Kenya has received two mobile laboratories and testing kits donated by Germany to boost the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

Speaking during the Wednesday handover at Afya house, EAC cabinet secretary Adan Mohammed said the two mobile laboratories will be used at different border points.

“Our ability to succeed in dealing with this pandemic is in us working together. We shall use these at our borders in Namanga, Isibania among others. Whether it will be drivers who will be benefiting from this or our health workers, we thank them for this.” He said

German Ambassador to Kenya, Annett Günther said that the labs will help increase Kenya’s testing capacity during these uncertain times.

“Covid-19 is a crisis that tests us on how we treat ourselves. These labs they will enable Kenya to detect communicable diseases. I hope that Kenya will overcome this crisis with little lives lost, “She said

The donations come at a time when Kenya has recorded the highest number of positive cases since the first case was reported in Mid-March.

On Wednesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that Kenya had hit the 1000 mark after 66 people tested positive for the disease.

Out of the 66 new cases, 30 are from Mombasa while 26 are from Nairobi. Kajiado county also recorded three new cases.