Nairobi – Seventeen more people have tested positive to coronavirus in Kenya, raising the country’s total to 320.
The health ministry announced this on Thursday, April 23, saying all the new patients were Kenyans.
According to Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, 668 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, and out of this number, Mombasa accounted for 12 of the positive cases while Nairobi registered 5.
“All the new cases are Kenyans where 12 are from Mombasa and five from Nairobi. Fifteen were picked by our surveillance teams and two from quarantine centres,” Dr Mwangangi said.
Dr Mwangangi also revealed that Kenya had discharged six more after they recovered from the virus bringing the total number of recoveries to 89.
Mwangangi said that evidence from testing, showed local transmission was on the rise and further urged Kenyans to heed to government directives.
“The fact that they were picked by our surveillance team means they were living within our community. The measures that we keep reiterating need to be followed,” she said.
While cautioning the public against stigmatising coronavirus patients, the CAS said that being in a quarantine facility was not a form of punishment.
“Contracting coronavirus is not a crime. All of us have a potential risk of contracting coronavirus. Quarantine is meant to serve the greater public good,” the CAS added.
First reported in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, coronavirus has since spread across the world and infected at least 2,658,764 people according to World meter’s tally on April 23.
The total number of deaths reported world over as of April 24, 2020 stands at 185,439 and that of recoveries 729,982, while the number of active cases is at 1,743,343 with three per cent or 57,981 of them being critical and the rest mild.