NAIROBI – Kenya’s coronavirus cases now stand at 59 after nine more patients tested positive.
During a briefing on Tuesday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said 234 samples were analysed and nine tested positive.
“We have received a confirmation of new people who have tested positive for coronavirus. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Kenya to 59. Tracing of the contacts of all the 59 cases are ongoing,” Mercy Mwangangi said.
According to Mwangangi, the Kenyan government has managed to monitor 1,668 close contacts out of which 508 have been discharged following completion of 14-day quarantine period.
The CAS appealed to the public, to continue observing various safety measures even as it emerged the ministry had its eyes on boarding schools as isolation centres depending on the virus gravity.
“We are exploring the usage of our boarding schools countrywide in the event the situation worsens. We have engaged county governments to identify specific boarding schools which will be able to assist in boosting our capacity,” she said.
Kenya reported its first coronavirus case on March 13. Since then, one patient has died and another fully recovered from Covid-19.