COVID-19: 16 more test positive, national tally at 142

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

The number of COVID-19 infections in the country rose to 142 on Sunday after 16 more people tested positive for the disease.

Out of the new cases 15 are Kenyans and one a Nigerian National.

While giving the daily COVID-19 status update on Sunday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said nine of the cases as from people in quarantine while seven are from contact tracing.

“The distribution of these new cases according to their counties is as follows; Nairobi 12, Mombasa 3 and Kilifi one. In terms of gender, nine are males and seven are females,” said the Health CAS.

The ages of the confirmed cases range from 22 to 66 years.

“We have so far monitored 1833 contacts and out of this number 1384 have been discharged. Currently, there are 449 contacts that we are actively tracing,” said CAS Mwangangi.

Burial of kin

Families will be required to bury their kin who have passed away due to Coronavirus within 24 hours from the time of death. As per the social distancing directive, burials are restricted to not more than 15 close family members.

To continue up-scaling the level of vigilance and preparedness, the MoH on Saturday urged everyone visiting public places such as supermarkets, open air markets and those using public transport, to ensure they wear a face mask to reduce chances of transmission of the virus.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, during the Saturday briefing, called on the youth to take responsibility and be part of the solution in fighting the virus by organizing themselves into groups to help security agencies to ensure there is social distance among other measures put in place by the government.

“If the youth take the responsibility in organizing themselves in a similar format, as they have done in the matatu and boda boda industry, then they can reach a new impetus. We can create the difference in the way we are handling our things in Kenya and the way it is being handled elsewhere,” said CS Kagwe.

So far there are 142 reported cases in Kenya.

The country has recorded four deaths and four fully recovered cases, bringing total active cases to 134.