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Coronavirus: Kenya Confirms News Infections, Recoveries and Deaths

by Robert Mwangi
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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed that 16 more people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

This new infections now bring the national tally to 262.

The new cases were diagnosed from 1,115 samples that were analysed in the last 24 hours.

According to the CS, one of the patients, who is 84, is a traditional doctor who could have been infected while conducting his business.

“We have upped our testing capacity and what we have noted is that the more people we test, the more cases we get,” Kagwe said.

At the same time, seven more patients have recovered from the Covid-19 disease while two have died.

One of persons who succumbed is an imam who had continued to conduct religious activities in Eastleigh, Nairobi, despite the suspension of public gatherings.

In a press briefing in Nairobi, the Health CS lamented that some people were still flouting some of the regulations issued by the government to combat spread of the disease.

He revealed that some individuals were bribing their way out of quarantine facilities, putting the lives of other Kenyans at grave risk.

“In Mandera, for instance, we are told that some people bribed officers in charge of a quarantine facility and were allowed to leave. Those who bribed and those who were bribed will face the full force of the law,” Kagwe warned.

In another case, some people travelled from Nairobi to Homa Bay pretending that they were going to attend a funeral using a private car. They had an empty coffin.

“The car occupants have been quarantined. Unfortunately, the driver has tested positive for the disease,” the Health CS said.

The government has also noted that some individuals are still crossing or leaving counties where a cessation of movement was imposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kagwe reiterated that the country was headed for a major crisis if the current indiscipline by some Kenyans is not stopped.

He sent a special appeal to Nairobi residents to be extra careful as all the residential estates have confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Kagwe added that a healthy plate and physical exercises were necessary during this period.

They should be considered as they provide some immune against the coronavirus disease, he advised.

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