Coronavirus – Kenya: Press Statement on the Update of Coronavirus in the Country and Response Measures

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Out of the 81 samples we have received confirmation of seven (7) people who have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease. They include Four Kenyans, two Congolese and one Chinese National. There are female and four are male. This now brings to 38 the number of those who have tested positive for the virus in Kenya.

Out of the seven, four had a history of travel from countries with active transmission, one had travelled to Mombasa while two did not have a history of travel.

On a good note, the first patient together with the third patient tested negative on their first retesting. A repeat test is scheduled after 48 hours with hope that the repeat test will be negative confirming full recovery to allow for their discharge from the treatment center.

The second patient turned negative as already announced to the public and was discharged from our hospital.

All the seven confirmed cases are from Nairobi County. This now puts Nairobi Country as leading with 28 cases of those who have so far tested positive, followed by Kilifi with six, Mombasa with two, while Kajiado and Kwale with one each. Out of the 38 positive cases, 21 are male while 16 are female.

Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary.

Tracing of contacts for the 38 confirmed cases is ongoing. The total number of close contacts that we have so far been monitoring stands at 1141. Out of this number, 163 have been discharged after completing the mandatory 14 day follow up period. Currently, the Ministry of Health teams are monitoring 978 close contacts. The ministry has three individuals admitted at Mbagathi Hospital awaiting test results.

To date, 833 persons have tested  for the Coronavirus disease.

“As we informed you, from tomorrow, we shall embark on mass testing for all those persons who arrived in the country last week and are currently under mandatory quarantine in various designated hotels and Government facilities. This will be done in line with WHO guidelines on testing for the virus, and in accordance with one’s arrival date.”, Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary.

Due to the seriousness of the coronavirus disease and its potential strain on our healthcare resources, it has been deemed necessary for the Government to institute mandatory quarantine of all those who tested positive and their contacts.

Once one has been identified as a contact to a patient who has tested positive, the Ministry of Health shall send its officials to your house to escort you to a quarantine facility.

The purpose of this exercise is to have close monitoring of your wellbeing so as to safeguard your health and that of your family and the country at large.

The Ministry of Health appeals to the public to make it very unnecessary for them to engage with the police by staying at home. It also urges the police that people must be treated humanely.

However, Hon. Mutahi Kagwe stated that the government is not going to pull back on enforcement of the measures, it have so far instituted, as this will only make things worse in the fight against the disease.

“I know there are issues that are being raised about the curfew which started last night, however, I will not deal with that here, but the concerned agencies will be.”, said Hon. Mutahi Kagwe .

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