Mombasa leads in new COVID-19 cases two days to expiry of intercounty movement ban

Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi .Mombasa recorded 19 new cases bringing County tally to 2,173/COURTESY

Mombasa County has again recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases just two days short of the expiry of the intercounty movement instituted on three coastal counties and the Nairobi metropolitan area.

The intercounty movement ban issued on 6th April before being extended for another 21 days on 25th April is expected to expire on Saturday.

The government has not yet issued any information on whether they would extend the curfew and the intercounty ban.

In the daily briefings, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Mercy Mwangangi said that 12 cases out of the 21 cases reported in the last 24 hours were from Mombasa County.

“21 people have tested positive for the last 24 hours in the 1,486 samples tested and they are all Kenyans,” Mwangangi said.

Kenya has recorded 758 COVID-19 since the first case of the virus was reported in March.

Other counties that reported new cases include Kajiado County which reported four new cases, Nairobi County with four cases while Uasin Gishu county reported one case.

Four people among those tested positive were truck drivers who were tested at the Namanga Tanzania border point.

The reported cases in Mombasa are, Likoni with five cases, Mvita 4 cases whereas Nyali and Jomvu areas have reported one and two cases respectively.

Two more people have succumbed to the Coronavirus disease bringing the total death to 42.

Mwangangi said that a country has registered a total recovery of 284 after three more recovered for the last 24 hours.

“Our porous borders are the ones that have become the latest high-risk areas in the transmission of the disease and they are now our key area of focus; said Mwangangi.