Coronavirus spreads to 19 counties as Kenya confirms 8 new cases


Kenya has confirmed 8 more cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 216.





The new cases are from 694 samples tested in the last 24 hours.







Six of the new cases were from the government isolation centres while two cases were picked by the governments’ surveillance team.





The new cases are spread out across three counties with Nairobi having 6, Siaya 1 and Nakuru 1.





One person has also recovered from the virus, bringing the tally of recovered cases to 41.





So far, 9 people have succumbed to the coronavirus in the country since the first case was reported.





The Ministry of Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi also noted that the virus has now started spreading to the Kenyan counties.





Counties which have reported cases of the virus are as follows: Nairobi-101, Kilifi-10, Mombasa-34, Nakuru-5, Mandera-6, Kiambu-7, Laikipia-2, Kisii- 1, Kitui- 2, Kajiado-2, Muranga-2, Homabay-1, Kakamega-2, Nyamira-1, Nyandarua-2, Nyeri-1, Uasin Gishu-2, Vihiga-1 and Kwale-1.





The Ministry of Health has also asked Kenyans to engage each other despite the social distancing directive noting that this is the time for people to people relationships to blossom.





“Let’s keep engaging each other through the available platforms, lets counsel each other and be our brother’s keepers dear Kenyans, stand together with us, your families, partners and the community,” Dr. Mwangangi reiterated.





At the same time, MoH noted that anyone found flouting the laid down guidelines as pertains to the pandemic would be arrested and prosecuted.





The guidelines include wearing masks when in public, observing social distancing, reporting symptoms of the virus where applicable, and observing quarantine guidelines where necessary


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