CS health announce five new cases of coronavirus and one death Nairobi, April 9, 2020

The Government has tested a total of 308 samples in the last 24 hours, out of which five  people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease.

This now brings the total number of those who have tested positive for the disease in the country to 184, the CS for Health Mutahi Kagwe said today.

Out of the five positive cases, three are Kenyans while two are foreign nationals. Three of them had a travel history, one each from Tanzania,  UK and UAE.

The CS revealed that three of the cases are in Nairobi and two in Mombasa county. Only one of the five cases emanated from the mandatory quarantine facilities, while the rest of the four were picked by the Ministry surveillance teams.

“With regard to contact tracing,  a total of 2,046 persons have been monitored out of which, 1,448 have been discharged and 598 are currently on follow up,” the CS said and added that an additional four persons, have been discharged today bringing to 12 the total number of persons discharged, and therefore recovered so far.

Out of the 2050 persons admitted in quarantine facilities 880, have been discharged. “We have managed to close down a number of quarantine facilities, which include Trademark and Hill Park Hotels,’ the CS revealed and appealed to  Kenyans to warmly receive those who have been in the quarantine  facilities  since they been released to go home.

He  also confirmed that one patient has died in Mombasa due to the disease bringing the total number of deaths seven.

The ages group of the five new cases range between age 39 and 77 years out of which,  three are male and two are female.

In terms of age breakdown, out of the 184 cases, three are below 15 years of age, 49 are between 15-29 years of age, 119 are between 30-59 years while those above 60 are 13. From gender perspective, 107 cases are males and 77 females.

Dr. Patrick Amoth, who is the Ag. Director General of Health services added that despite coronavirus, other health services are continuing normally.  “We have also directed the 47 counties to identify and designate a covid 19 hospital so that the other hospitals can continue offering the other services such as immunization,  reproduction, maternal child health, TB, HIV services,” he said.

He added that the ministry is in constant dialogue with the security apparatus to ensure that those who seek services in Nairobi or elsewhere due to chronic diseases can be able to move  through a facilitation letter from the ministry.

He also noted that  wearing a face mask is now mandatory in public places, and urged the public to  wash their hands first before using them and ensure they put them well by holding by the ears and ensuring they cover the both the mouth and nose.

“A mask should not be used for more than 12 hours and after that  it is should be discarded properly,” he  explained and also urged those who are wearing gloves to stop since they are not health workers and can only be utilised in a healthcare facility.

Dr. Amoth also disclosed that the government is in discussion with the government of  Japan who have developed an antiviral Avigan for treating coronavirus and which has showed some promising results.