Kenya reports 15 new cases of COVID-19 Nairobi, Tuesday May 12, 2020

The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Health has confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19 from a sample of  978  tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of positive cases in Kenya to 715..

Addressing the media today Dr. Rashid Aman announced that 14 of the confirmed cases are Kenyans while one is a Rwandese National. The youngest is one year and eight months old while the oldest is 62 years.

“Two other individuals who also tested positive at Isebania border are from Tanzania  and they have been referred back to Tanzania,” he said.

Out of the confirmed cases, 10 are Males and 5 are females. Seven cases are from Mombasa county, three from Migori, two from Wajir and one each from Nairobi, Machakos and Kiambu.

In Mombasa County five are from Mvita, and one each from Jomvu and Kisauni. In Migori, the three cases are from Kuria East in Tebesi and Nyamaranya,  in Wajir the cases are in Gulet dere in Wajir South and Griftu-Hagar  Wajir West, in Nairobi the one case is from Githurai 44  while  Machakos has one case from Kathiani .

“Today we have discharged eight people from hospital and this now brings to 259 the total number of recoveries from Covid-19. Although  we also lost  three patients in Mombasa,” he said.

The CAS disclosed that a delegation from the Ministry of Health led by the Ag. Patrick Amoth  is visiting Namanga Border point in Kajiado county to ascertain the measures needed  to curtail the cross border transmission.The county reported 14 cases on monday, nine Kenyans and five Tanzanians. “It is very  important for surveillance at the borders to be enhanced in this war against the Coronavirus disease,’ he stressed.

Dr. Rashid also thanked all nurses  for the sacrifice they have made to care for COVID-19 patients. “Today we are commemorating the International Day of Nurses despite the challenge of Covie 19. Nurses have  been at the front line in this fight against Coronavirus as the first point of call in various health facilities and have made tremendous sacrifices every day as they place themselves at the risk of contracting the virus in the call of duty, to make sure that those infected are well taken care of,” he noted.

During the briefing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs donated over  300,000 pairs of protective  gloves , 170,000  pairs medical shoes, 300 pieces of medical gowns and 1500 of goggle for healthcare workers..The Principal Secreary Macharia Kamau also presented to the Ministry 6000 N95 respirators for protection the health practitioners,  500 pieces of isolation gowns, 3,000 surgical face masks, 500 surgical protective suits, 40 pieces of thermometer and 85,000 face masks from well wishes in China through the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing.

He also disclosed that so far the government has facilitated evacuation of 700 Kenyans and more are expected in the coming week.   “However we have noticed that many Kenyans around the world are recognizing the importance of staying where they are domiciled. For example in our evacuation of Kenyans from china, out of the 3000 Kenyans who live there only 169 came back home,” he noted.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Rashid Aman addressing a press conference on update of coronavirus at Afya House today and confirmed that 15 people tested positive making a total of 715 cases in the Country.