Kenya’s number of COVID-19 cases hits 126

source Xinhua

Kenya on Saturday announced an additional four cases that tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 126.

Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary for health said that the four positive cases were part of the 372 samples that had been tested in the last 24 hours.

“The four are three Kenyan nationals and one Pakistani national,” Kagwe said at a briefing in Nairobi.

Kagwe said the two individuals who tested positive for Coronavirus had traveled from Malawi and Pakistan while the other two had no history of traveling abroad.

He said that the four individuals comprised three males and one female aged between 34 to 44 years.

he cabinet secretary said that out of the 2,050 individuals who have been placed in mandatory quarantine, 1,866 people have been tested.

“We have managed to discharge 1,109 from our follow-up program after the expiry of 14 days. Currently, we are monitoring 672 people in our follow-up program,” said Kagwe.

He said that contact tracing for people who had interacted with those who tested positive to the virus is ongoing while 1,781 contacts are currently being monitored.

“We have had cases of people testing positive in our quarantine facilities. This is likely to pose a risk of more transmissions especially for those who have been sharing the same facilities with the ones who have tested positive,” said Kagwe.

He said that the quarantine period had been extended by two weeks to pave way for enhanced monitoring of individuals suspected of coming in to contact with the ones who tested positive for Coronavirus.

“I know the move will be inconveniencing and we regret it but it is meant to secure Kenyans,” said Kagwe.