The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Kenya now stands at 50.
Kenyan Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe revealed eight new cases in an address to journalists in the capital Nairobi on Monday.
“In the last 24 hours, we have tested 172 samples, out of this number a total of 84 samples from quarantined guests have been analysed. We have received confirmation of one person who has tested positive for the coronavirus disease.”
Kagwe said that extensive testing had been done including people who had contact with the first 42 confirmed cases.
“Apart from those in mandatory quarantine, we have also tested an additional 88 samples of close contacts of the 42 confirmed cases. Out of this number, we have received confirmation of six patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease; and an additional one patient from the Aga Khan Hospital.”
Kagwe said that tracing of contacts of the 50 confirmed cases is ongoing and a total of 1,474 close contacts are being monitored. Out of the 1,474 contacts, 231 have been discharged after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
Nairobi County accounts for the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 34 followed by Kilifi with six, Mombasa has three while Kajiado, Kwale and Kitui all have one.
As a result of the trend in the latest figures, Kagwe announced that the government had advised people living in Nairobi to avoid traveling to other parts of the country.
Kagwe added that the virus was now being spread through community transmission and called more personal responsibility from Kenyans in the fight to contain the virus’ spread.
“Community transmission means that the disease is no longer imported from the outside but is here with us. We are now spreading it among ourselves. We must now raise our level of alert and intervention measures,” Kagwe said.
To that effect, Kagwe said the government had placed restrictions on the motorcycle (boda boda) business. The motorcycle operator is expected to only carry one passenger at a time and both the operator and passenger must wear masks at all times during the journey.