NAIROBI – Kenya’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 700 after 28 more people tested positive, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman has said today.
The new cases confirmed out of a total of 841 samples tested in the last 24 hours, include 10 from Mombasa County, 9 from Kajiado, 7 in Nairobi and 2 from Wajir.
According to CAS Aman, all cases from Kajiado were from truck drivers at the Namanga border point. He said that this development pointed to the fact that there was a problem in neighbouring Tanzania.
“Five other individuals from Tanzania also tested positive and were referred back to Tanzania,” he said.
He called on communities living near border points to be more cautious while crossing to either Tanzania or Somalia.
“We have noted especially at the border increasing number of positive cases…The communities living along porous borders are urged to be vigilant and report when they see people crossing from the other side so they can be tested,” said Dr. Aman.
He also revealed that one more patient had succumbed to the virus in Nairobi bringing total deaths to 33, while 251 have recovered from the virus.
In a separate development, Africa Tembelea has learnt that those seeking admission in any Kenyan hospital will soon require Covid-19 testing as way to protect health workers.
“When people die at hospital they risk infecting health workers and patients at the wards who have a weak immune system. Admission at a facility may soon require testing so that health care providers are protected,” Health Director General (DG) Patrick Amoth is quoted to have said.