COVID-19: Kilifi emerging as hotspot as confirmed cases in the country rise to 31

Health workers in protective gear at the isolation ward in Mbagathi hospital./COURTESY

Kilifi is among Counties emerging as COVID-19 hotspots in the country as two more people, out of the three new cases, from the County tested positive for the virus bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 31.

While addressing the media during the daily COVID-19 status update briefings, Ministry of Health, Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the three new confirmed cases are of women aged between 30 and 61 years, who came in contact with previously confirmed cases.

Two are from Kilifi County and one from Nairobi County.

“These 31 confirmed cases are spread out in five counties, namely, Nairobi, Kajiado, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale,” said the Health CAS.

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Tracing of contacts for the new patients as well as of the previous patients is ongoing.

“The number of close contacts we have so far stands at 1029. Out of this number, 123 of them have been discharged after completing their 14 day follow up period. We are now remaining with 906 close contacts that our contact tracing teams are monitoring,” said Dr. Mwangangi.

18 individuals are currently admitted at Mbagathi hospital awaiting tests.

“As we speak, consultations are going on, on how our teams are going to handle Kilifi and other areas that are emerging as hotspot, and therefore ask people at the Coast and Kilifi Counties in particular to observe social distancing with self-determination,” said the CAS.

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The CAS urged Kenyans to adhere to the measure put in place by the government in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“We have noticed that despite putting in place instructions, Kenyans have not been adhering to this. We have reports that people are still congregating in clubs, restaurants, we have reports coming in that people are still holding house parties; that is still not social distancing,” she said.

On Wednesday, President Kenyatta said the government will be imposing a daily curfew from Friday 7pm, a move made to help in implementing physical and social distancing.

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COVID-19 has so far claimed more than 22,000 lives globally and infected more 491,000. Those who have recovered from the disease are 118,060 making the number of total active cases more than 351,000.

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