Government denies barring CS’s from touring around the country

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Health CAS Rashid Aman PHOTO COURTESY

The government has refuted news going round social media that all the Cabinet Secretaries have been barred from touring around the country.

Speaking during COVID-19 daily briefing on Wednesday in Nairobi, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Rashid Aman said there is no communication from the government that is barring any CS’s from moving around the country to initiate government projects.

Earlier, reports indicated that President Uhuru Kenyatta had barred CSs from touring other parts of the country for the next 14 days as part of efforts to curb spread of corona virus disease.

However, the CAS said the freedom does not give the CSs a leeway to travel across the country and interact with people.

On the country COVID-19 status, Dr. Aman said in the last 24 hours out of 4,275  samples tested, 637 people tested positive for the disease raising the country’s total  to 14,805.

On a positive note, 499 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing  the total number of recoveries in the country to 6,757.

However, 10 more patients succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 260.

According to the Ministry of Health, hypertension and diabetes are the leading underlying causes of death of COVID-19 patients in Kenya.

According to Acting Director General of Health Patrick Amoth this category of people combined lead with a 33 per cent of the deaths.

Nairobi continues to lead with the highest number of infections as Mombasa records a steady reduction.

The 637 new cases were distributed in Nairobi 342, Machakos 85, Kajiado 57, Kiambu 51, Nakuru 22, Mombasa 17, Nyeri 13, Busia 10, Muranga nine, Uasin Gishu six, Bomet three, Kericho three, Kisii three, Marsabt two, while Narok, Vihiga, Meru, Embu, Garissa, Homabay, Kakamega, Kilifi, Kirinyaga, Kisumu,  Kitui and Laikipia had one case each.

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