Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed that seven more people have tested positive for the coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours.
In a briefing at Afya House in Nairobi, CS Kagwe disclosed that all the new patients are from Nairobi County.
Now, the capital city has a total of 28 positive cases of Covid-19 out of all the 38 patients in Kenya.
The Health CS is now appealing to city residents to be on the lookout and observe all the guidelines issued by the government and its partners in the fight against Covid-19.
He also revealed that almost all the residential estates in Nairobi have recorded a positive case of the dreaded disease.
“You should be very careful because the person you are standing next to could have interacted with a Covid-19 patient knowingly or unknowingly,” he said.
The CS said those within the city must maintain the “social distancing” advisory or face the full wrath of the pandemic.
Asked if the government was considering placing Nairobi under a total lockdown, he said that would be the last option.
Kagwe asked Kenyans to obey the dusk-to-dawn curfew, which some have found very hard to keep barely a day after it started.
“It is very funny people are asking for a lockdown yet they cannot obey a curfew. We are avoiding a lockdown because we don’t know how people will survive when there is a complete shutdown,” Kagwe stated.
The government has been avoiding a lockdown due to its implications on the economy. It could also make it hard for the people to access basic needs.
However, CS Kagwe has repeatedly said that if individuals fail to obey the existing precautionary measures, a lockdown might be inevitable as painful as it might sound.
The senior government official cautioned people whose actions could send the country into a Covid-19 explosion.