Coronavirus cases in Kenya rise to 158 as two more patients die


Coronavirus cases in Kenya rise to 158 as two more patients die
President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation at State House on April 6, 2020.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the confirmation of 16 new coronavirus cases which now raises the total number of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kenya to 158.

In a State address from State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta also disclosed that the death toll from the coronavirus in the country had risen to six after two more individuals succumbed to the disease.

“As of this morning, we have tested a total of 4,277 persons, with an additional 16 persons turning positive today. In that regard, the total number of all persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 currently stands at 158,” said Kenyatta.

The President noted that four persons have fully recovered from this disease.

He announced that 82% of Kenya’s reported cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area; and 14%  in Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa Counties.

To contain and limit spread of the disease to other parts of the Country, the President announced a cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area; and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa.

“The movement within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the Counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall continue subject to the nationwide curfew,” said Kenyatta.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Area is designated as Nairobi City County, Part of Kiambu County up to Chania River Bridge (Thika), including Rironi, Ndenderu, Kiambu Town; Part of Machakos County up to Athi-River, including Katani; Part of Kajiado County including Kitengela, Kiserian, Ongata Rongai and Ngong Town; and all other areas as set out in the Order.

Meanwhile, the President has urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and exercise caution by wearing a mask when outside the home, cleaning hands with soap for at least 20 seconds several times a day and avoiding all areas with people who will be closer to you than 1.5 meters.

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