COVID-19 UPDATE: Kilifi Governor self-quarantines

Kilifi governor Amason Kingi PHOTO:FILE

Kilifi governor Amason Kingi has gone into a 14-day self-isolation after he came in to contact with a Kilifi Government official who tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus.

The senior official, who is currently being treated in compulsory isolation after testing positive for the virus, is also facing prosecution for defying the self-quarantine regulation when he arrived in the country from a trip to Germany.

The official is said to have proceeded to hold meetings and interact with his staff and other county officials including his boss, the Governor, knowingly after he returned from the trip, in total defiance to calls for his self-quarantine.

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Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced new figures that put the new infection figure in the country to 15 from the previous seven, with the official being among the eight new cases.

A visibly angry Kagwe said the deputy governor, whose name he did not mention, would be arraigned in court after quarantine, for knowingly putting the lives of other citizens in danger.

Governor Kingi said he would continue working from home during and after the quarantine period.

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“I have placed myself on self-quarantine starting Thursday 19th March 2020. I also had the emergency response team visit me at my home to collect specimen for testing. I got my results and they turned negative,” said the governor, in a press statement on Sunday.

He said they had identified all county staff who came into contact with the said patient and ordered them to proceed to a 14-day self-quarantine as they are closely monitored.

More stringent measures announced by the health cabinet secretary on Sunday included suspending gatherings at all places of worship including churches and mosques, after many churches countrywide allowed worship gatherings despite a previous government advisory.

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Globally, the number of infections on Sunday stood at 337,880, while the death toll went up to 14,444. The number of recoveries is at 96,958, with Italy still the worst hit.