NAIROBI – Kenya’s coronavirus cases have risen to 38 after seven more people tested positive to COVID-19, the Health Ministry said Saturday.
According to Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, seven more people had tested positive for the new coronavirus from an analysis of 81 suspected cases in the last 24 hours.
“In the last 24 hours, a total of 81 samples from suspected cases have been analysed. We have received confirmation of seven people who have tested positive for coronavirus. Four are Kenyans, two Congolese nationals and one Chinese national. This now brings the number to 38,” CS Kagwe said.
He said that all the new infections were reported in Nairobi county bringing the total positive cases in the region to 28. The next with high number of recorded cases was Kilifi with six, Mombasa two while Kajiado and Kwale have one case each.
“The trend we have seen on increasing numbers is not a healthy one,” Mutahi said, reiterating the need for members of the public to adhere to measures the government has taken to curb spread of the virus.
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The government has so far traced 1,141 close contacts arising from all the 38 patients out of whom 163 have been discharged from various facilities.
Due to the seriousness of the disease and potential strain to healthcare, the government has instituted mandatory mass testing for those who travelled into the country.
“From tomorrow (Sunday, March 29), we shall embark on mass testing for those who traveled into Kenya and are in mandatory self-quarantine. It has been deemed necessary to institute mandatory quarantine for all those who have tested positive and their contacts,” he added.