NAIROBI – Sixty-six more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya increasing the number of COVID-19 cases from 963 to 1,029, the ministry of health has announced.
The rise announced on Wednesday by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, is the highest single day jump since the first case of the viral infection was reported in the country on March 13.
Mr. Kagwe said that of the new 66 cases, 64 are Kenyans while two are foreign nationals.
“In the last 24 hours, 66 people have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases emanated from 2,621 samples. This now brings to 49,405 the total number of samples tested to date in Kenya,” said CS Kagwe.
He revealed that with this new development, government had opted to extended cessation of movement both in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area and Old Town in Mombasa until June 6.
“There shall be an extension of the cessation of movement in Eastleigh and Old Town until June 6, 2020. Eateries and hawking have been prohibited until the same date. This is a move to further curb the spread of the virus in these areas marked as hotspots,” said the CS.
During the daily press briefing, Mr. Kagwe also said that testing of truck drivers at border points had received a major boost after Germany donated two mobile laboratories. The much-needed equipment is going to reduce amount of time truckers wait before receiving their COVID-19 test results thus improving the rate at which goods flow across Kenya’s border with Tanzania.
Africa Tembelea understands that the mobile labs will be stationed in Naivasha and the Namanga border point.
“We want to ensure our truckers who have been very pivotal in ensuring we have enough supplies are tested before embarking on their journeys. This will help reduce the snarl-ups witnessed at border points as drivers wait for test results,” the CS said.
Elsewhere, as of May 20, Uganda had reported 264 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 65 recoveries and no related deaths while Rwanda had 308 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 209 recoveries and No deaths.