Kilifi governor Amason Kingi has been forced into self-quarantine after his deputy Gideon Saburi tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
On Sunday, March 22, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirmed Saburi had tested positive after returning from Germany early this month and defying the self-quarantine requirement.
Upon his return, Saburi is said to have met with several county leaders including Kingi oblivious of the fact that he was carrying the virus.
Although Kingi tested negative, he maintained he will still be in quarantine until after the 14 days as per the guidelines give by government.
“I have placed myself on self-quarantine starting Thursday, March 19, 2020. I also had the emergency response team visit me at my home to collect a specimen for testing. I got my results and they turned negative,” said Kingi in a press statement issued on Sunday.
Further, the governor said his deputy also provided authorities with the names of those with whom he had direct contact with since he jetted back into the country from his Germany trip.
In response, the governor said he has deployed emergency response teams across the county to trace all the contacts listed by Saburi.
“Following the confirmation of one case of coronavirus in Kilifi county as communicated by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Health, Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, my government is scaling up efforts to ensure the safety of our people from the spread of this virus,” said Kingi.
The country now has 15 cases of coronavirus and the government is in search of 368 other suspected patients who came into contact with the patients.