Government working to ensure food handlers are tested Nairobi, April 28, 2020

The Government  is working out a plan to have all food handlers tested for Covid-19 despite the challenge of some essential  components of test kits.

“We are asking for patience and cooperation of the management of these facilities  and encourage them to arrange for private testing of their staff in  consultation with the Ministry of Health,” said Dr. Rashid Aman, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health during the COVID-19 media briefing today. 

THe CAS disclosed that a detailed protocol on the guidelines on eateries and restaurants will be posted on the Ministry of Health website and urged the restaurants Management to  read and understand them as the reopening of their premises is predicated on full compliance.

Dr. Rashid further announced that a total of 10 patients have been discharged from hospital bringing  to 124 the total number of recoveries so far. 

“In the latest Covid-19 situation report  we have 11 new cases out of the 589 samples tested in the last 24 hours. Our total number of COVID-19 disease positive cases now stand at 374,” he said and added that today’s cases,  had two children aged 3 years, and the oldest is aged 75.

Out of the 11 cases, 7 are from Nairobi, 4 from Kawangware and one each from Eastleigh, Manji Estate and Kaloleni. Mombasa. All the four Mombasa cases are from Kibokoni (Old Town).

”We  have enhanced contact tracing, surveillance and infection control management in Nairobi and Mombasa counties because of increased local transmission in these two counties,’ he said.

Cumulatively,  Dr. Rashid said the age group of 30 to 59 continue to carry the burden of this disease in the  population and account for 224 cases (60 percent) of the 374 total cases.

.”When you add to the 99 cases of the age group 15 to 29; that comes to 323 cases from our most active segment. We encourage these groups to rededicate their energies in observing the containment effort:,” he said.

Yesterday, the Government  issued  initial guidelines for partial reopening of eateries and restaurants in line with the directives issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Rashid Aman addressing a press conference on status of covid—19 at Afya House today and confirmed that 11 more cases tested positive making a total of 374 in the Country.