Coronavirus: State worried by local transmissions as cases rise to 270

Sunday, April 19th, 2020 17:56 | By
Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi. Photo/PD/FILE

Kenya has confirmed eight(8) more coronavirus cases bringing the total to 270. The state is now worried by Covid-19 cases transmitted locally.

Health Ministry Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi announced the developments on April 19, saying the eight were from 1330 samples tested.

None of the newest cases had a travel history, according to the Ministry.

Additionally, seven people were discharged as fully recovered bringing the number to 67 while two more people died. Fourteen (14) people have so far died of Covid-19 in Kenya.

Of the confirmed cases, 56 per cent were imported while 44 were locally transmitted.

"Our analysis show us 56 per cent were imported and the rest transmitted locally. We are now worried about local transmissions," said Ms Mwangangi

Seeing that most of the infections announced recently emanated from quarantine centers, Ms Mwangangi said the State is now worried by local transmissions.

New Measures

To curb local transmissions of Covid-19, Ms. Mwanangangi announced measures which include;

  • Utilisation of community health volunteers.
  • Deployment of public health officers to man roadblocks with the police.
  • Nyumba Kumi to help to track people violating curfew law.
  • Addition of Kenyatta National Hospital(KNH) and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) as testing facilities for Covid-19.

Further to the measures, the State will put people who break curfew laws under quarantine for 14 days, announced Ms. Mwangangi.

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