NAIROBI, Kenya – Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has taken the COVID-19 test, the same day it was announced that 137 more people had tested positive to the respiratory disease raising the national tally to 3,594.
Odinga took the test at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) on Sunday, with a plea to Kenyans to follow suit.
“I took Covid 19 test at Kemri in Mbagathi earlier today. I take the opportunity to appeal to all Kenyans to go for testing,” Raila Odinga tweeted
“A COVID-19 certificate is becoming an important document as we continue battling the pandemic,” he added.
Under the Kenyan Ministry of Health regulations, Odinga will get his test results after 48 hours, and they will be included in Monday’s tally.
With today’s tally now at 3,594 cases, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe cautions Kenyan’s to ensure they protect themselves at all times.
“We must take this issue very seriously and always assume that the person next to you is positive,” he said on a tour of Othaya in Nyeri County, “you must protect yourself at all times.”
Today, we have 137 people testing positive from 3,167 number of samples.
The overall burden in the country now stands at 3,594 from 115,336 number of samples.#KomeshaCorona update.
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) June 14, 2020
CS Mutahi noted that cutting the cycle of COVID-19 transmission, cannot be won by Government alone, without the involvement of the people.
“Success will depend on the level of involvement of the people,” he said.