Seventeen students and teachers at St Andrew’s Turi, School in Molo, Kenya have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to Samuel King’ori, the Nakuru county public health officer, eight children and nine adults were confirmed to have contracted the virus and have been isolated.
“All patients who have tested positive have been isolated at the institution as we begin contact tracing,” King’ori told journalists.
The recorded cases are all foreigners who stayed at the school due to travel restrictions since March when Kenya reported its first case of Coronavirus.
Africa Tembelea understands that, after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted travel restrictions on Monday, the group decided to make travel arrangements back home via a repatriation plane.
With these confirmed positive cases, most of whom are asymptomatic, it means the group will not travel as earlier planned until such a time when they test negative to the virus. This development comes at a time the Kenya national tally of COVID-19 cases was nearing 10,000 mark.
On July 9, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced 447 more COVID-19 cases in increasing case load from 8,528 to 8,975.
This was the highest number of positive cases the country had recorded within a single day since March 13 when the disease was first reported. The number of casualties also moved to 173 after four patients died.