The number of coronavirus patients in Kenya has risen to 465 after 30 more people tested positive for Covid-19.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman said the cases were detected from 883 samples analysed in the last one day.

“In the last 24 hours, we have tested 883 cases. Out of these, 30 people tested positive,” Dr Aman stated.

Twenty-three of the new cases are males while seven are females.

The 30 cases are distributed as follows: Mombasa (19), Nairobi (8), Bungoma (2) and Kitui (1).

The two cases in Bungoma are truck drivers. The government had announced that all truck drivers will have to be screened every seven days.

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Speaking at Afya House, Nairobi, the CAS also disclosed that 15 more patients had been declared coronavirus-free after recovery.

During the 24 hours, the Covid-19 death toll rose to 24 after two more patients succumbed to related infections.

Dr Aman they had noted with concern that some Kenyans had started to ignore the precautionary measures imposed by the government for Covid-19 protection.

“We have noted with dismay the casual attitude with which some people are not observing these measures. Some eateries are operating without observing the social distancing requirement,” he said.

At the sane time, Aman said targeted mass testing had flopped after Kenyans failed to show up for Covid-19 screening.

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He stated that the move was exposing the country to an explosion of the pandemic as some undiagnosed patients could be interacting with other people.

“The Ministry of Health has acquired the capacity to undertake targeted testing but the willingness of the people to be tested is low,” he said.

Targeted mass testing has been done in Eastleigh and Kawangware in Nairobi and some parts of Mombasa but only few people have turned up for the free exercise.

In addition, the government has announced that curfew offenders will not be quarantined at government facilities.

“The Inspector-General of Police has been directed to designate curfew-breakers area which must meet the social distancing requirement,” Dr. Aman said.

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