Kilifi Governor Kingi under self-quarantine after county staff tests positive for coronavirus


FILE PHOTO | Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi addressing journalists in Mombasa
FILE PHOTO | Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi during a past press address. PHOTO | FILE

In Summary

  • Governor Kingi, in a press statement released on Sunday, stated that he had however also been tested and the results come back negative of Covid-19.
  • He added that he will nevertheless continue to work from home until the expiry of the mandatory 14 days – which began Thursday last week - as advised by health professionals as a precaution for containing the pandemic.

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has now placed himself under self-quarantine after coming into contact with a top official in his government who is said to have contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Governor Kingi, in a press statement released on Sunday, stated that he had also been tested and the results came back negative of Covid-19.

He added that he will nevertheless continue to work from home until the expiry of the mandatory 14 days – which began Thursday last week — as advised by health professionals as a precaution for containing the pandemic.

The Kilifi County boss also confirmed that the said individual has since been taken into isolation and all county staff that he directly came into contact with identified and ordered to go on self-quarantine under close supervision to ensure compliance.

“The patient has also provided us with the names and contacts of those with whom he had direct contact. Our County coronavirus emergency response teams have already been deployed across the county and are tracing each and every contact to ensure that all these people immediately and fully observe all coronavirus protocols including the mandatory 14 days quarantine so as to keep our people safe,” he said.

“I also had the emergency response team visit me at my home to collect specimen for testing. I got my results and they turned Negative.”

He added: “Just like many people are currently working from home because of this pandemic, I will also work from home to ensure that I give proper and timely guidance to our people and particularly the Kilifi County coronavirus emergency response teams so as to safeguard our people from this pandemic.”

Governor Kingi further urged Kilifi residents to observe security measures on containing the spread of the coronavirus as communicated by the government, drastic as some of them may be.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday announced that the country had recorded 8 new positive cases of the coronavirus; bringing the total number to 15.

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