Eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in old town making it the largest number of positive cases to be confirmed in a Mombasa neighborhood since the disease was first detected in the country in March.
The Eight have been detected more than three days since the Mombasa county government rolled out a mass testing exercise in the neighborhood which health officials have termed as the epicenter of the disease in Mombasa.
On Saturday Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho warned area residents that they risked being put on lockdown if they failed to show up for testing at the mass testing centers.
10 new cases have been recorded in Mombasa Jomvu and Bombululu recording one case each.
This brings the total number of cases recorded in Mombasa to 158.
25 people tested positive on Monday raising the national toll to 490.
Six more people have been discharged after recovering from the virus and on Monday the health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi announced that they had closed down 35 quarantine centers.
“This brings to 163 the total number of those who have recovered from the disease,” Dr. Mwangangi said.
The latest statistics make Kenya the country with the highest number of infections among countries of the East African community.