Kenya has reported and confirmed three more cases of COVID 19, bringing the total today to 31 cases. This is after two people testes positive of the virus in Kilifi, and one from Nairobi.
Giving the daily update of the virus, Health Ministry Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the new cases are already in government isolation facilities as tracing of contacts of all patients continues. Another group of 18 individuals are admitted at the Mbagathi Isolation.
Dr. Mwangangi has further announced that more than 2,000 Kenyans who have arrived in the country since Monday will be placed under mandatory quarantine. She said the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which closed operations last evening, shall remain closed. However,foreign countries can liaise with the ministry of foreign affairs if they would like to evacuate their nationals from Kenya.
This comes even as a 19-year-old student in Kakakamega County has tested positive for coronavirus days after arriving from London.Confirming the incident, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said a Member of the Kakamega County Assembly is among four people in the county put on a 14-day self-quarantine.Meanwhile, Oparanya has directed that all county government offices be closed for 15 days with effect from today as a measure of controlling the potential spread of corona virus by minimizing movements and interactions.
The county boss however noted that County Government offices offering essential services will continue offering services but must strictly observe the National and County Government’s guidelines on prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
Elsewhere, 7 have been quarantined at the Trans Mara West hospital after coming in close contact with a man whose father is infected with COVID-19. Governor Samuel ole Tunai says the 14 will undergo testing after which necessary action will be taken.
Addressing the press, he maintained visitors are currently not allowed in the triangle until the results of the contacts have come out. Tunai pointed 10 isolation centers with a capacity of 53 beds have been set up with 2 ambulances having dedicated for COVID-19 response. Other people who interacted with the seven people since Saturday have been identified and placed in self-isolation at their homes.
130 health personnel have undergone training, with all health workers on leave being recalled back to their work stations to help fight the new coronavirus. The county has further formed two rapid response teams which are on standby at the Narok County Referral Hospital and Kilgoris subcounty Hospital to provide specialised care to corona Virus patients.