Mombasa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 100 as 9 more test positive

Mapembeni area in Mombasa County. County staff have been given until December 31st to declare their wealth./COURTESY

Mombasa COVID-19 cases have hit 106 after nine more people tested positive for the disease.

While giving the daily COVID-19 status update in the country, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said 10 more people had tested positive for the disease in the country, nine from Mombasa and one from Nairobi’s Kawangware area.

“Each of the following areas has has one case; Old Town, Santana, Miritini, Bamburi, Mikindani, Kibokoni, Ganjoni, Memon and Tudor,” said CAS Mwangangi.

The Health CAS said that all the nine cases in Mombasa were picked from the community by the Disease Surveillance Team.

“It is important that I emphasize at this point that indeed from the data that we are synthesizing, we are noting that in the beginning of this scourge, we had most of the cases being imported cases but right now, the tables have turned and most of our cases are coming from local transmissions within our community,” said Dr. Mwangangi.

The age distribution of the ten new cases is between 12 and 63 years. In terms of gender, six are male and four female.

Five more people recovered from the disease bringing total recoveries to 129.

CAS Mwangangi cautioned people against stigmatizing those who had recovered from the disease, saying that stigmatization will lead to fewer Kenyans accepting to be tested.

“Since we recorded our first COVID-19 case, we have recorded many recoveries of our people who have successfully been treated for the disease and who have been able to go home. While we celebrate these recoveries, we are disturbed that reintegration has not been easy for these people,” she said.

“This is unfortunate, considering our constant appeal and massive education to ensure that people are accepted back into the community,” she added.

The country now has a total of 384 infections.