Kenya records 52 new COVID-19 infections raising the number of cases to 1161

Kenya on Friday recorded 52 new COVID-19 infections, raising the number to 1161.

Speaking during the daily briefing, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new infections were confirmed from 2,506 samples tested over the last 24 hours.

23 of the cases were detected in Nairobi, while Mombasa and Busia each recorded 7.

The CS said he is increasingly alarmed over Busia which borders Uganda where thousands of long-distance trucks cross to and from the port of Mombasa in the Kenyan coast.

“There is a need to become extra-careful and vigilant because it is a border point. We have a lot of truck drivers in Busia,” the Health CS said. “On our part, we will take all the measures possible so that the figures do not continue to grow.”

Truck drivers crossing the border to and from the neighboring countries are required to have a valid COVID-19 certificate for tests conducted 48 hours prior to crossing.