Kenya confirms 11 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 374

Rashid Aman, the Chief Administrative Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Health. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ministry of Health, Kenya

Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed 11 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total number to 374.

Rashid Aman, the Chief Administrative Secretary for Health said all the cases are from Nairobi and Mombasa cities and include children aged three years who were tested from 589 samples in the last 24 hours.

Aman said ten patients recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 124.

“As we celebrate the recoveries, let me remind Kenyans that this is not the time to celebrate and lose sight of the ball. The enemy is still in our midst,” Aman cautioned at a news conference in Nairobi.

“It’s therefore absolutely necessary that we continue to strictly observe the containment measures that have consistently been advocated for by the ministry of health,” he added.

Aman said the trend of positive cases in the last few days shows that the virus has been restricted to Nairobi and Mombasa.

“We have therefore enhanced contact tracing surveillance and infection control measures in these counties,” he added.

Kenyan authorities have closed all learning institutions, banned public gatherings and imposed dusk-to-dawn curfew among other measures to help contain the spread of the disease.