3 new Covid-19 cases in Kenya, now 31 – CAS Mercy Mwangangi

74 cases have been tested out of which, 3 people have tested positive of Coronavirus disease bringing the total number to 31 cases in Kenya.

The affected counties are Nairobi, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi & Kajiado, Chief Administrative Secretary Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi has announced in the #KomeshaCorona press briefing.

“We have tested 600 so far. We are expanding testing centres to KEMRI_Kenya centres in Kisumu, Kilifi among others.”

The 3 positive cases came from 74 samples of suspected cases of Coronavirus that have been tested in various laboratories, namely; the National Influenza Center, KEMRI Nairobi and KEMRI-Welcome Trust Kilifi in the last 24hours.

All the 3 new confirmed cases are Kenyans, females aged between 30 years and 61 years. The 3 cases are close contacts of previously confirmed cases. 2 are from Kilifi and 1 from Nairobi.

“The new patients have already been taken into isolation in our facilities, and are being monitored by our medical personnel, together with others who previously tested positive.”

Tracing of contacts for the new patients,as well as those of the previous patients is ongoing.The total number of close contacts that we have so far been monitoring stands at 1029.Out of this, 123 of them have been discharged after completing the 14 day follow up period.

The Ministry of Health is now remaining with 906 close contacts that the tracing teams are monitoring. 18 individuals are currently admitted at Mbagathi Hospital awaiting test results.”

There are ongoing consultations on how the Ministry of Health teams are going to handle Kilifi & other areas that are emerging as hot spots. The government urges people at the Coast region & Kilifi in particular to diligently observe the issue of social distancing.

There are more than 2000 people who arrived in the country from Monday this week whom have been placed under mandatory quarantine. Testing will be carried out for them after 5 days from the date of arrival which is in line with World Health Organisation Kenya (WHO) guidelines on testing.

“We have closed the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for all the International flights. However, in the event there are Countries that would like to evacuate their nationals from Kenya, that would be handled through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs @ForeignOfficeKE

All Kenyans ???? are urged to continue supporting the measures placed by the government to deal with the #COVID19KE, as this is the only way to cut off transmission of this virus in our country. #KomeshaCorona

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