Another nine persons have been confirmed to be of positive status with Coronavirus. Announcing the new development in a live press conference at Afya House, the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that the 9 had been part of 89 people who had been quarantined in various regions and tested in the last 24 hours.
CS Kagwe said that 7 out of the nine are Kenyans while the other two are foreigners. He also noted that from the seven, 3 had contacted the virus through interactions with the previous 16 people and the remaining 4 had travelled into the country from countries affected by the pandemic.
The CS announced that now the country has a total of 25 coronavirus patients admitted in the identified health facilities. He also said that the cases are spread across four counties including Kwale, Kilfi, Mombasa and Nairobi.
The government also said that the French man who was in a critical condition yesterday is responding well to treatment. The CS said that the government will tomorrow announce a raft of measures to be undertaken in order to control the spread of the dreaded virus.
So far, the government has urged citizens to stay at home, sanitize, and work from home as a way of controlling the spread of the virus. Parents have also been urged to ensure that the children sent back home a week ago should be kept inside houses and ensure that they reduce interactions.
Whereas there are a number of people who are showing good recovery signs withing the quarantine centers, the government is yet to announce if there is anyone who has been cleared of the virus so far.
CS Mutahi also noted that about 700 people are being pursued after confirming that they had been into contact with some of the confirmed cases. He reiterated that those who refused to self quarantine after jetting into the country will be subjected to the arms of the law.
The CS insinuated that the police might be on standby to implement even more severe safety measures should there be need to do so in the coming days.
The government also confirmed that billionaire Jack Ma had donated thousands of test kits which has already been received and are in circulation. The capacity of the hospitals has now been increased to atleast 300 patients at a time. KEMRI has also increased its capacity to 360.
Moi Teaching and Refferal Hospital has also been elevated to a COVID-19 testing center and will receive their kits in a short while.