The government is identifying boarding schools that will be used as isolation centres in the coronavirus blow-up in the near future.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mercy Mwangangi. who gave the daily briefing on Covid-19, said the Ministry of Health was not taking chances after scientific research showed that the situation could worsen.

As a result, county governments have been asked to identify boarding schools where suspected cases and patients will be isolated.

“We are exploring the use of our boarding schools countryside in the event the situation worsens,” Dr Mwangangi said.

New Measures

The CAS further disclosed that the government was employing a number of strategies to contain and manage the situation.

They include hiring an additional 1,000 health workers to help in boosting the capacity.

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With safety of health workers at stake after a clinical officer tested positive for Covid-19, Dr Mwangangi said the government would provide the necessary medical materials.

She also praised the medical teams for stepping up during this period when their services are needed most.

“We thank our health workers for a job well done. We will continue to work with our health workers to protect them and ensure that they have the right gear to be able to work as front-line army in the fight against the disease,” she stated.

Dr Mwangangi observed that if the public remains disciplined to the precautionary measures, the country will escape the surge witnessed in other countries.

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“Wash you hands, stay at home, maintain social distance and observe everything else we have advised. If we do so, we will overcome this disease,” the Health CAS reiterated.

Covid-19 Patients and Projections

The country on Tuesday, 31st March, confirmed the 59th positive case after nine more individuals tested positive for the coronavirus disease. Medical teams had analysed 234 samples in the last 24 hours.

The government is also monitoring at least 1,668 close contact of the diagnosed patients even as the tracing of other who interacted with the 59 cases continues.

Some 508 individuals who got exposed to Covid-19 have been discharged after getting quarantined for two weeks and also testing negative.

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If all factors remain constant, the government has projected that by the end of April, the country will have confirmed not less than 10,000 positive cases of Covid-19.

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