COVID-19: Nine more test positive as cases rise to 59

Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi who has announced that 10 new cases have been confirmed in Mombasa COURTESY

Nine more people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease, bringing the national tally to 59.

While giving the daily COVID-19 status update, Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the new cases came from 234 cases tested in the last 24 hours.

The country now has 59 infections, out of which one patient recovered while another one died from the disease, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 cases to 57.

The government had been monitoring 1,668 people who had come in contact with the positive cases, out of this number 508 have been discharged after completing the 14-day follow up period while 1160 are still being monitored.

Isolation centres

Mbagathi hospital in Nairobi, with a capacity of 120 beds, is serving as the main isolation centre for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

“We have also put in place, Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral hospital that has a bed capacity of 300 beds, which we are in the process of equipping and boosting capacity,” said CAS Mercy Mwangangi.

The ministry is also exploring the usage of our boarding schools countrywide, in the event the situation worsens.

“We have engaged County governments to identify specific boarding schools which should be able to assist in boosting our capacity,” said the Health CAS.

The government is engaging with local manufacturers to scale up capacity for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).