Kenya has recorded 14 more cases of the coronavirus disease in the last one day, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has disclosed.
This brings the total number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country to 172.
Twelve of the new patients are Kenyans, while the other two are foreigners. The government is tracing those who may have interacted with any of the confirmed new cases.
CS Kagwe also announced that three more patients had fully recovered from Covid-19. The total number of recoveries now stands at seven.
In the daily press briefing at Afya House in Nairobi, the Health CS said that Kisii and Mandera have now joined the list of counties that have confirmed positive cases.
The two people who tested positive in Mandera are said to have travelled from Mombasa in the past few days.
Highlighting the Mandera cases, CS Kagwe explained why President Uhuru Kenyatta had restricted movements in and out of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Nairobi counties.
The four counties have been marked as high-risk transmission areas after recording more than 75 percent of the country’s Covid-19 cases.
Currently, the government is following up 513 people suspected to have been exposed to the respiratory disease.
The CS said the government had stepped up its screening and testing capacity.
“This has enabled us to conduct mass testing. For instance, today, we have tested more than 5,000 people,” he said.
The CS also observed that the country had so far responded well to the pandemic.
He said the mortality rate was quite low compared to those of other countries, saying that his trestored some hope.
“If you contract this disease, it is not a death sentence. The problem is that you can infect the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions and they may die.
“As we have said, follow our instructions to prevent new infections and we will overcome this pandemic,” Kagwe reiterated.