Nairobi – Kenya has reported 16 new cases of Covid-19 bringing the total to 262, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe confirmed this during a zoom meeting with Senate Ad-Hoc Committee members that was chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja on Friday, April 18.
He also reported one more death, raising the total to 12, from the 11 that President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Thursday.
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Speaking later to the press, CS Kagwe warns of an upsurge in numbers if citizens don’t take personal responsibility. He has cautioned Kenyans to work on their nutritional needs to boost their immunity.
“I want to emphasize the Importance of Nutrition and physical activity to boost our immunity to overcome the disease better and speed up recovery of illnesses,” CS Kagwe said.
He, however, rules out putting the country on total lockdown saying the idea was still premature at the moment.
CS Kagwe warned those Kenyans in quarantine trying to offer bribes in order to get out, that they risk arrest. He gave an example of Mandera where the county government has accused the police of facilitating the escape of 32 people from quarantine.
“Those who did that and those who facilitated it will face the full force of the law,” Kagwe said.
Mr. Kagwe confirmed that, the driver of a truck that had carried fake mourners with an empty coffin from Nairobi to Homabay has tested positive for Covid-19.
Coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019.
Since then, it has quickly spread across the world and infected at least 2,263,064 people, according to Worldometer’s tally on April 18.
The total number of deaths was 154,828 and that of recoveries 581,183 as of April 18, while the number of active cases stood at 1,527,054 with 96 per cent of the conditions being mild and the rest – 56,977 – critical.