Kenya conducts mass testing in Nairobi

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Health workers personal protective equipment (PPE) record the details of residents, as they stand at social distance to each other, during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Halfway through Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyattas second term his pledge of transforming the economy through manufacturing, farming, health care and low-cost housing have been slow to show results, and the coronavirus pandemic could now reduce that to little more than an election promise. Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Health workers personal protective equipment (PPE) record the details of residents, as they stand at a social distance from each other, during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Kenyan government is expected to roll out a free COVID-19 mass testing exercise across the capital, Nairobi on Saturday.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will conduct the mass testing which will run until Sunday.

“Nairobi Metropolitan Services will be conducting mass COVID-19 testing across all sub-counties on October 17 and 18, 2020. See posters to confirm your venue. Remember to wash your hands, sanitize, observe social distance and all other COVID-19 regulations,” a dispatch from NMS read in part.

A similar exercise was done by NMS in May where close to 3,000 city residents were tested for the virus.

The easing of some of the COVID-19 measures in Kenya has been linked to the latest surge in the number of positive cases that risk triggering the re-imposition of tougher containment measures.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had warned that he would not hesitate to re-introduce tougher measures if virus cases surge.

In-person learning for learners in Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 resumed on October 12 with the Ministry of Health warning that the pupils’ risk being recalled back home if the COVID-19 situation in the country worsens.

Kenya has so far recorded 43, 580 cases, 31, 648 recoveries and 813 deaths.

 

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