Kenya confirms one more coronavirus case, number rises to 16

Kenya confirms one more coronavirus case, number rises to 16
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses a press conference on March 23, 2020. PHOTO | CITIZEN DIGITAL

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Monday announced that the country had recorded one more positive case of the coronavirus.

Speaking during a press conference at Afya House, the CS noted that the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country now stands at 16.

According to CS Kagwe, the new patient is a close contact of one of the 8 cases reported on Sunday.

CS Kagwe also noted that 96 people who were in contact with the infected persons have since been released and 550 more are still being traced.

“We have traced 646 persons who had come into close contact with confirmed cases. 96 have been released after a 14-day follow up period, 550 remaining on follow up list,” he said.

The CS further cautioned matatu operators against hiking fares due to the government directive to reduce the number of passengers.

He appealed to the operators saying “some of the commuters are not even earning anything at the moment,” further that “every sector has to take a financial risk, one sector cannot punish others…it is immoral.”

“We have observed that some PSVs have increased fares to comply with directive issued.We appeal to them not to do so as it will be counterproductive in trying to contain coronavirus,” he noted.

“All passengers coming into the country between now and Wednesday, March 25 must self-quarantine at their own cost in government-approved hotels or in government facilities. We know we inconvenienced people but we apologise. It was necessary. We ask these hotels to reconsider their rates.”

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