Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed that the number of people who have tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus illness had risen to 38.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said seven more people had tested positive following analysis of 81 suspected cases in the last 24 hours.
According to CS Kagwe who spoke during his routine press briefing at Afya House, out of the seven new cases, four are Kenyans, two Congolese and a Chinese national.
Among new cases, four had a history of travel from countries with active transmission, one had traveled to Mombasa while two did not.
All the cases were from Nairobi bring the total number of cases in the capital to 28, followed by Kilifi county with six while Mombasa is third with two cases.
On Saturday evening, a video of a middle-aged Kenyan woman speaking from what is believed to be her mandatory quarantine bed, started doing rounds on various social media platforms.
In the 30 second clip, she makes it clear to Kenyans that the Coronavirus is real and that they should take the stay at home order with the seriousness it deserves.
Towards the end, breathing difficulties seem to get the better of her as the voice slowly dies down until it becomes inaudible.
During his address this afternoon, Kagwe said that the government is tracing 1,141 people who had come into contact with the 38 confirmed patients, adding that of the over 1000 contacts, 163 have been discharged after completing the 14-day follow up period.
The Health CS noted that three people are currently admitted at the Mbagathi Hospital Isolation Unit awaiting test results and informed the public that the government will embark on mass testing from Sunday, March 29 for those who were put in self-isolation after arriving into the country.
Following reports of police brutality on Kenyans who were caught outside when the dusk-dawn curfew started on Friday, Kagwe urged the police to go slow on Kenyans, adding that they must be humane their actions.
He, however, explained that the government was not going to change on the enforcement measures so far put in place in the fight against the disease.
Kagwe also urged police officers to offer help to those classified as essential services while they go about their activities as mandated by the government.
He also urged Kenyans to stay disciplined and remain at home during the hours given to avoid clashing with the police like was the case on Friday.