COVID-19: Kenya confirms 8 new cases, total now at 50

Monday, March 30th, 2020 15:19 | By
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. Photo/PD/Kenna Claude

Kenya has confirmed eight more new coronavirus cases, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said on Monday.

This brings to 50 cases in the country.

CS Kagwe says all cases are Kenyans who contracted the disease locally.

The new cases were reported in Nairobi (6), Kitui (1) and Mombasa (6).

Nairobi County is now leading with 34 cases while Kilifi has six, Mombasa three. Kwale, Kilifi and Kitui counties have one coronavirus case each.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the country has over 20,000 testing kits.

Further, 20 secondary boarding schools have been identified as potential isolation centres should coronavirus cases spiral out of control.

The Health ministry has projected that the country will have 1,000 cases by the first week of April and about 10,000 cases by the end of the month.

CS Kagwe said the disease is no longer imported, meaning that it is being transmitted locally.

As such, one of the first measures to curb the further spread of the virus, CS Kagwe ordered that boda boda operators to only carry one passenger.

“The boda boda rider and passenger must both wear masks. We expect boda boda association leaders to enforce this direct,” said Mr. Kagwe.

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