The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya is on the one rise once again after 16 people tested positive for the disease, bringing the national tally to 142.

Addressing the nation from Afya House, Nairobi, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mercy Mwangangi said that 530 cases had been confirmed in the last one day.

Some 11 one the new cases had travelled in the recent past, while the rest were infected locally. Fifteen of the patients are Kenyans while the 16th is a Nigerian national.

The number of men infected with Covid-19 is going up. Nine men tested positive.

Nairobi confirmed 12 new cases, Mombasa, three, and Kilifi recorded one more case.

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Dr Mwangangi said that those who succumb to the disease should be buried within 24 hours and only a few close family members are allowed to attend the burial.

She underscored the need for Kenyans to observe the precautionary measures against the pandemic.

The Health CAS thanked youth for taking positively the message by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe to help the government fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As one, I’m very happy. When the CS said we play our part, some said they would organise groups to educate others about this disease.”

Acting Director-General of Health Patrick Amoth said the decision by the government to establish quarantine facilities had borne fruit.

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Dr Amoth disclosed that most of the new cases in recent days were from people who had been isolated.

“Quarantine facilities have prevented the spread of this disease to a great extent. It was a wise decision that has saved the country from agony,” he said.

He stressed the need for discipline during quarantine after it emerged that some were still partying while in the isolation centres.

Health CS Kagwe on Saturday, 4th April, directed that some quarantined persons be detained for 14 days more after flouting the rules. They will bear their own costs for the additional two weeks.

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