Government confirms 14 more COVID – 19 cases. Nairobi, Tuesday April 7, 2020

The fight against coronavirus may take a longer period than expected, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe has warned.

“This is not going to be a short term activity but long term and if not it may take a couple of weeks or months,” the CS announced today when he released the results of 14 more people who have tested positive of coronavirus.

The CS reported that the Government has tested a total of 696 samples in the last 24 hours out of which, 14 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease.

Twelve of the 14 people are Kenyans while two are foreign nationals. Out of the 14 cases four  have a recent history of travel from Tanzania, South Africa, UAE and USA, four were in quarantine facilities while 10 were picked by the Ministry surveillance teams, bringing the total number of those who have tested positive for the disease in the country to 172.

“All the positive cases have been moved into isolation in various health facilities and contact tracing is ongoing,” the CS confirmed. The  affected Counties are Nairobi  with 7 cases,  Mombasa  2,  Mandera 2  while Machakos, Kisii and Kiambu have one case each.

The CS highlighted  that the measures that were pronounced by the President on Monday calls for drastic change in the citizens lifestyles and behavior and advised the Wananchi not to be afraid but to embrace them to save the country from danger.

“We are at war as a Nation with an enemy that is invisible and to fight this enemy, more than ever before, we must remember to embrace simple and basic measures which have proved to be effective elsewhere,” he noted.

CS Kagwe revealed that the government will not hesitate to take even bolder measures in the coming days, if it becomes necessary to protect the country from being overrun by coronavirus.

“The virus is already within us and we cannot let it to run ahead of us and embark on the chasing game. Should we allow this to happen, it will be very difficult to catch up with it.,” he said

He also directed all Kenyan to wears face masks while in public spaces even as the government endeavors to provide them free of charge through County Governments and other partners.

The government, he added is now manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) locally and th currently there is an on-going production which will enhance the country’s stock levels.

“The issue of insufficient PPEs is now a matter that has been fully been addressed. Nobody is going to lack. By the end of this week we will have 10,000 kits and after the seven days we will roll out over 200,000 kits,”he noted.

The CS also announced that all health workers including those in private hospitals, rapid response teams and all staff in all medical facilities holding quarantined persons will now undergo testing.

“We now have new rapid reagents that can be able to carry out and test quickly and once all the medical staff are done we can now go down to the infected counties  and carry out mass testing,” he said.

He also emphasized the need for citizens to. observe social distancing and announced the closure of all golf clubs, open sporting clubs and walking fields that do not observe social distancing.

So far the government has monitored a total of 1,928 persons out of  which, 415 have been discharged and 513 are currently on follow up.

“We have also managed to test 4,973 samples from individuals and we have discharged three additional individuals from hospital bringing to seven the total number of individuals discharged.

He also noted that the additional 14-days quarantine rule only applies to the facilities where positive cases were reported adding that despite the inconvenience to some of  the individuals , it was necessary to protect the public.

The Acting Director General of Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth noted that currently one person is in critical care unit while the rest of the patients have mild symptoms adding that the fatality case of the country is still at 3 percent with 56 percent male and 44 percent female,  with an age bracket 2 years to 74 years.