KPA employees to undergo mandatory covid-19 test

Containers at the Mombasa Port./PHOTO COURTESY

The COVID-19 emergency response team has identified the Mombasa port as a COVID-19 risk spot in the country.

This comes after seven KPA employees tested positive with two having succumbed to the virus over the past two weeks.

“Four of these cases involve KPA staff while three are contracted cleaners working at the port,” Acting KPA managing Director Engineer Rashid Salim said on Tuesday.

Two KPA have already succumbed to COVID-19.

Ursula Buluma succumbed to the virus at the Mombasa hospital two weeks ago while James Oyugi Onyango succumbed to the virus in Mombasa.

Chief Administrative Secretary for health Dr.Mercy Mwangangi on Tuesday said that all the KPA workers will go through a mass testing exercise set to be carried out countrywide.

“We have distributed 1,000 COVID -19 testing kits at the Kenya Ports Authority for mass testing, “said Mwangangi.

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The government has further confirmed that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached the 216 mark after eight new cases were recorded.

Mwangangi said that the eight tested positive after the government carried out 694 tests.

Another COVID-19 victim has tested negative bringing to 41 the number of recoveries in the country.

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Salim further revealed that 64 employees are quarantined in a government facility, two are in the hospital and another was released on Monday after testing negative.

All the KPA employees who have tested positive are currently at the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Coast Provincial General Hospital.

Other points that the government targets for virus testing include all quarantine centers, Isolation centers, hotels, and hospitals.