The total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Kenya rose to 42 after four new cases were registered, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said on Sunday.
Kagwe, flanked by several counterparts, made the announcement while addressing journalists outside Harambee House.
Of the four new cases, one is Kenyan and three are foreigners: an American, a Cameroonian and a Burkinabe. Three of the cases are based in Nairobi while one is from Mombasa.
Kagwe said that out of the 42 total cases, 24 of them were male while 18 were female.
“In the last 24 hours, a total of 69 samples from suspected cases of coronavirus have been analysed in our various laboratories. Out of those, we have received confirmation that four people have tested positive for the disease,” Kagwe said.
Kagwe added that tracing of contacts associated with the four individuals was underway.
The government is currently monitoring a total of 1,426 close contacts the government while 251 other people have been discharged after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Kagwe also warned politicians against spreading misinformation about the pandemic or the situation in the country for political mileage.
“Trying to gain political mileage out of a disease is as immoral as anyone could ever imagine. It is the worst of what we can see in terms of political maneouvre and it is wrong. It symbolises everything that is wrong with our society,” Kagwe said.
Dagoretti South Member of Parliament John Kiarie had earlier on Sunday shared information online alleging how the government did not prepare adequately to handle the outbreak of the pandemic.
The MP claimed 7,000 Kenyans who flew into the country in the last five days were in mandatory quarantine at Lenana School and Kinyanjui Technical Institute in Dagoretti South.
He further claimed that there was an acute shortage of testing kits.
Kagwe also urged employers to allow employees to leave work early enough to give them ample time to get home before the curfew in place begins.
“If they (employees) do not want to allow their employees to leave on time, then they should prepare accommodation for them. What they cannot do is to release somebody half an hour before 7 o’ clock or at a time that they are so sure that they cannot get home by 7 o’ clock,” Kagwe said.
Source(s): Ministry of Health, Kenya
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