Mombasa’s Old Town emerging as a COVID-19 hotspot

A street in Old Town Mombasa. Residents fled the area following a cessation of movement directive by the Ministry of Health./COURTESY

Mombasa county continued to register the highest number of the Coronavirus infections in the country, with seven out of the 12 new cases announced in the latest health ministry update on Thursday.

Of the seven, four were from Oldtown, while Bondeni, Kuzo, and Kidinguni areas registered one case each, health cabinet administrative secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman, said during the daily briefings in Nairobi.

The neighborhood, where mass testing kicked off on Thursday, has continued to register the highest number of cases in the county for the past three days.

Nairobi had three cases while Wajir and Kitui counties registered one case each.

Aman said the 12 positive cases nationally included nine males and 3 females and were found out of a sample of 777 taken from 14 counties in the country.

“The ages of the new positive cases range from one and a half years for the youngest and 75 years for the oldest,” Aman, told journalists.

The country also recorded 15 new recoveries from the virus, the highest number in a single day, and put the total recoveries nationally at 144.

The CAS also announced that two more people had died of the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of deaths to 17.

The latest statistics have taken up the total number of infections countrywide to 396 out of 20,268 people who have been tested.

The country remains under a dusk-to-dawn curfew alongside other measures taken by the government to stop further spread of the virus.

Globally over 229,000 people have died of the virus with infections hitting 3.2 million people.

Over one million people have also recovered from the virus.