The country’s COVID-19 cases has now surpassed the 300 mark, this is after 7 more cases of the new coronavirus were reported bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 303.
Six of the cases are from Mombasa while one case is from Nairobi.
The latest cases are from 707 samples tested in the last 24 hours with the new cases being all Kenyan.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said that despite the seemingly low numbers, the across Africa, the virus has spread wildly, with numbers tripling overnight in certain countries.
CS Kagwe noted that World Health Organization (WHO) had warned that despite the low numbers in Africa, there was a possibility that cases would rise in the coming days.
This comes even as in the last 48 hours, Tanzania’s corona virus cases soared to 284 after 30 more people tested positive. Tanzania has 11 recoveries with 10 fatalities from the virus.
On Monday, 84 people tested positive for the corona virus, raising the total number of infections to 254.
In Somalia the numbers have surged from 21 in the last 10 days to 286 yesterday the 21st of April.The neighboring country reported 49 cases yesterday with the number fatalities standing at 8 with 4 recoveries.
CS Kagwe has called out Kenyans who were not taking the pandemic seriously, saying it was only through concerted efforts that the war on the pandemic would be won giving an example of Kawangware and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) that had seen a surge in the number of confirmed cases despite initially having only one case.
As the recoveries rise to 83, after 7 more patients recovered, the Government has directed the restriction of movement in and out of Mandera county.
This is after 8 people tested positive for coronavirus this week with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe saying the decision was arrived at following escalation of community based infections.
Mandera becomes the fifth county to be slapped with movement restrictions after Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale three weeks ago.
CS Kagwe further announced that the country had acquired 25,000 mass testing kits and the state was targeting to test 250,000 people by end of June.
In the wake of increased reports of domestic and sexual violence, due to psychological and mental health related to Covid-19 the ministry has launched a toll free number for counselling aid to help possible victims.
Anyone with such related experiences can call the 1199 toll free code for counselling continuity.
CS Kagwe has cautioned the escapees who were captured leaving a quarantine facility at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) urging them to surrender themselves to the relevant authorities.
In videos that were circulated online, the escapees were captured jumping over the wall and fleeing from the facility.