8 more people have tested positive for Coronavirus out of 1330 samples tested and 2 people have died. Total confirmed cases in Kenya now stand at 270, Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.
7 are Kenyans and 1 is a foreigner. 3 of the 8 are from quarantine centres and 5 were picked picked by surveillance teams from various parts of the country. None has a history of travel.
✔️1330 samples tested
✔️8 positive cases today
✔️270 total positive cases
✔️7 new recoveries
✔️67 total recoveries
✔️2 fatalities today
✔️14 fatalities in total
✔️614 under follow up
Four (4) are from Mombasa, three (3) from Nairobi and one (1) from Kajiado Counties. They are aged between 17 and 65 years of age”. – Health CAS, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.
Our analysis shows that 56% of all confirmed cases were imported, and only 44% have been locally transmitted. With your support we have worked flat out, including taking unpopular measures, to limit the spread of transmissions. This is the only way to do this to avert this crisis.
Local transmissions is worrying us the most, we cannot know, everyone who is infected. Going forward, we are activating community policing; Dr Mwangangi.
Community policing will include enhancement of community participation;
✔️Use of community health workers
✔️public health officers, & multi agency teams at road blocks
✔️Activation of Nyumba Kumi
✔️Utilization of technology in tracking & surveillance.
With local transmission we are likely to see higher infection now we will start targeted testing, starting with healthcare workers first. With negative results from our health workers we’ll be assured of proper care for our patients and zero infections.
The situation in Mombasa is not any better.Nyali inaongoza na kesi kumi na moja (11), Mvita na kesi (7), Kisauni (7) Changamwe (2). Bamburi (2), Beach Road (1), Mamba Village (1), Mogadishu (1), Mkomani-Tamarind (1), Maweni-Kongowea (1), Twiga Road (1), Umoja (1).
All those who break the curfew rules will be assumed to have been in contact & will hence be taken to quarantine places for 14 days; Dr. Mwangangi.
Recycling of surgical masks is crime & we shall be rolling out guidelines in regard to safe disposal of Masks.
We will crack the whip on anyone found endangering the lives of fellow Kenyans by selling recycled face masks, after collecting them from bins.
We urge Kenyans to undertake a basic due diligence on the face masks they are buying so that they do not fall victim.
We are urging the National Police Service, Kenya Bureau of Standards, National Environment and Management Authority & other relevant Government agencies to act on criminals selling used face masks.
While still on this, we are witnessing another unbecoming phenomenon, where people are assuming that face masks alone can beat this virus. Yesterday, we witnessed a situation in Baringo where elected leaders led a mass demonstration in Kabarnet Town.
And endangering health of the locals. What we saw in Baringo must be condemned in the strongest of terms. All gatherings, including political, religious etc remain banned.
We are advising Kenyans to Maintain a balanced diet to boost their immunity to help in conquering COVID19; Dr. Mwangangi.
Five Companies have been approved to manufacture PPEs and MOH_Kenya has already placed orders; CS Industrialization Betty Maina.
With regards with our educational sector, We have been methodical in our planning. We are not planning on postponing exams as at now. Parents are apprehensive yes, but let’s await the final verdict from our committee before we announce the final plan.
We appreciate the majority of Kenyans who are adhering to our directives and supporting the initiatives we have put in place against this virus. This greatly contributes greatly to the low infection rates so far.
In combating Coronavirus the government has expanded testing capabilities across the country. Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital in Eldoret & Kenyatta National Hospital, are now testing for COVID-19 disease.
The Government will carry out screening of truck drivers entering & operating in Kenya at roadblocks by a combined team of health and security personnel.
Nobody has authority to clear any person to move out of restricted areas.
All health care workers in both public & private facilities are required to wear protective gear, as part of protecting themselves as they manage patients.
We are warning wines and spirits that have been converted into drinking joints, that they are only licensed as take-aways.
Any one found drinking at a Wines and Spirits shop will be arrested and the business closed down; Dr. Mwangangi.