Coronavirus cases in Kenya rise to 246 as 12 more patients test positive


Coronavirus cases in Kenya rise to 246 as 12 more patients test positive
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a press briefing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on April 17, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

Twelve more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 246.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, in a press briefing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, said the 12 were confirmed from 450 samples that had been tested by Friday morning.

CS Kagwe said among the 12 new patients are five hotel workers while four are from contact tracing.

“As we stand right now at this hour we have already tested about 450 samples out of which we have already got 12 cases and we have not finished the day,” said Kagwe.

 

He was at JKIA together with Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his transport counterpart James Macharia to receive a consignment of medical supplies from China.

The Health CS said the government is working to expand its testing capacity so that contacts of COVID-19 patients can be tested within the shortest time possible to control the spread of the pandemic.

 

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