REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Kenya confirms 16 more cases of coronavirus Nairobi, Sunday April 5, 2020

The Government has confirmed 16 more positive cases of Coronavirus bringing the total number of those who have tested positive to 142.

Making the announcement today Health Chief Administrative Officer (CAS), Dr. Mercy Mwangagi revealed that out of the 16 cases, 15 are Kenyans and one is a Nigerian with 11 of them having a history of travel while 5 are locally transmitted.  Nine of the cases are males and seven are female ranging between age 22 to 66.

Out of the positive cases nine  have been in quarantine facilities while seven are from contact tracing and all have been moved to isolation facilities as contact tracing is initiated. The new cases  have been reported in the counties of Nairobi 12, Mombasa three and Kilifi one.

So far the the government has managed to test 3836 samples from individuals and monitored 1833. Out of this number 1384 have been discharged and currently there are 449 contacts that are actively being tracing.

 

“We want to reiterate that persons who pass away due to coronavirus will have to be buried within 24 hours from the time of death and burial restricted to less than 15 close family members,” the CAS said

She also advised all the persons visiting public places such as supermarkets, open air markets and public transport to wear a face mask to reduce the chances of transmission. Production of face masks and other protective gears is ongoing and distribution will be done at county level, she added.

 

The CAS lauded the cooperation and collaboration with the County Governments, especially those with confirmed Covid-19 cases, and urged the rest of the counties to continue upscaling their level of preparedness and also warned private hospitals against overcharging Kenyans and taking advantage of them.

 

“We have reports of gloves that cost up to Kshs. 8,000, it is unacceptable and immoral, and the medical council has been directed to take up this matter,” she said and urged persons visiting public places such as supermarkets, open air markets, public transport to wear face masks all the time to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.

 

During the press briefing the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, James Macharia reported that the government has extended the ban on international flight for another 30 days with effect from tomorrow 6th April 2020.

 

“ This suspension will however not apply to those flights that are coming in to evacuate foreign nationals from the country. It also exempts the cargo flights that are coming into the country to deliver goods and must not have passengers on board,” he noted.

 

The Government has also directed that visits to our prisons shall remain suspended for another 30 days.

 

From tomorrow the CS said that any of the matatu operator who will be found not observing the set directives by the government, will have their Sacco licenses suspended and the vehicle bonded. This directive applies to all public transport.

 

“We have observed that the set directives are not being strictly followed and matatus are still overloading, not observing social distancing  and also not observing standards of hygiene as per set guidelines,” he noted and appealed to those in the transport industry to adhere to the directives issued by the Ministry of Health, with regard to maintaining  hygiene standards in the transport sector.

 

The offenders, he said  will also be charged in a court of law, in line with the Public Health Act, for deliberately spreading the virus and at the same time to the Boda boda riders, who will continue to flout the directives already issued.

The  Ag, Director of Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth revealed that 54 to 55 percent of positive cases are from quarantine facilities and those who have not been observing  the social distancing have no option but to stay in quarantined for another 14 days.

 

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Mercy Mwangangi addressing a press conference on update of coronavirus at Afya House today and confirmed that more 16 people tested positive making a total of 142 cases in the Country.