Kenya’s coronavirus toll now stands at 191, after two more people tested positive for the respiratory disease. At least 491 persons have been tested since yesterday.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said that one of the patient is a two-year old baby, while the other patient is 32.

The new cases (Kenyan and foreigner), which were diagnosed in Mombasa and Nairobi, and did not have any history of travel.

Concurrently, Dr Mwangangi disclosed that two more patients had been discharged from hospital after recovering from Covid-19.

“As we took in two new patients, we also discharged two more from hospital after successful recovery,” she said.

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Some 24 people have now recovered, restoring hope that the country will overcome the coronavirus pandemic. However, seven people have died.

For a person to be declared free of coronavirus, he/she goes through two tests, which must bear negative results.

The number of males out the 191 people who have contracted the disease stands at 109.

Dr Mwangangi said the Ministry of Health would begin random testing for Covid-19 in targeted areas. which may include Nairobi and Mombasa counties where most cases have been reported.

She said that number of patients could go up when this begins, and asked Kenyans to continue observing the safety guidelines.

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The Health CAS said that persons visiting public places must wear a face mask to protect themselves and other Kenyans.

“As we celebrate the Easter holiday, let’s us remember to maintain social distancing, wash our hands, put on a mask and stay at home,” Dr. Mwangangi said.

Quarantine Suffering

The government has also addressed the suffering that some quarantined persons are going through after complaints emerged from a Nairobi hotel.

The isolated individuals said they could not get food and other basic necessities after the hotel said it could no longer meet the bills.

“We are going to review case by case. The government may pay the bills for deserving cases,” Dr Mwangangi stated.

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