20 teachers and students in Mombasa have tested COVID-19 positive since re-opening of schools

Tononoka Secondary School's wall. The Principal of the school died of COVID-19 barely a week after the school was closed following 11 teachers testing positive for the disease./COURTESY

Panic has gripped Mombasa after at least 20 teachers and students tested positive for COVID-19 since schools re-opened on the 12th, almost two weeks ago.

The 20 are from Tononoka Secondary and Star of the Sea High schools which were closed last week.

Tononoka, whose principle died of the virus on Monday, has the highest number with 16 while Star of the Sea recorded four cases before closure, Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo has said.

Meanwhile, national COVID-19 infections surpassed 50,000 on Tuesday as 836 more tested positive for the virus bringing the national tally to 50,833.

The 836 were from a sample of 4,076 tested in the last 24 hours raising cumulative tests to 666,122.

403 people have recovered from the disease, 250 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 153 have been discharged from various hospitals. Total recoveries now stand at 34,832,” said the Ministry of Health.

Total COVID-19 fatalities in the country rose to 934 after 14 other patients succumbed to the disease.