Kenya’s COVID-19 tally jumps to 172 with 14 new cases

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Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for health Mutahi Kagwe (third from right) delivers a COVID-19 update on Tuesday 7 April, 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. /PHOTO: Kenya Ministry of Health

Kenya has confirmed 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s tally to 172.

The country’s Cabinet Secretary for health Mutahi Kagwe announced the new cases on Tuesday in a press briefing in Nairobi, where he called upon Kenyans to adhere to the set regulations in order to avoid further spread of the disease.

Of the 14 new cases, seven patients are from the capital, two are from the coastal city of Mombasa, another two are from Mandera, one from Machakos and one from Kisii.

Kagwe said the government would embark on a mass testing drive in the country’s COVID-19 hotspots in order to identify possible cases.

He urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and protect themselves and those around them.

““Getting the virus is not a death sentence, but it means you can pass the virus to others very quickly,” said Kagwe.

Kagwe’s press briefing came as Kenya began enforcing a partial lockdown in Nairobi to stop further spread of COVID-19. A similar move is expected to take effect on Wednesday in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties.

The restriction of movement in the said regions was announced on Monday by President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya is one of 52 African countries that have recorded cases of COVID-19. The continent’s reported cases have surpassed 9,000, with over 400 deaths. Over 800 patients have recovered.

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