Five more test positive for Covid-19 in Kenya, total 184


Kenya on Thursday recorded five more cases of the Covid-19 disease, raising its total number to 184.

In the daily update by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, the government said three of the new patients are Kenyans and the others foreign nationals.

Mr Kagwe said three had travelled from Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

“Three of the five cases were recorded in Nairobi and the others in Mombasa,” he said, adding that only one of the patients had been in quarantine.

The government said it had closed the quarantine facilities at Trademark and Hill Park hotels in Nairobi and that all other mandatory quarantine centres would be shut by the end of the week.

The CS said the five positive cases were recorded after the testing of 308 samples.

He also reported that a patient had died in Mombasa, raising Kenya’s death toll to seven, and that the number of recoveries stood at 12.

Age distribution
Mr Kagwe said in all the cases, “three were below 15 years old, 49 between ages 15-29, 119 between ages 30-59 and 13 above age 60.”

One hundred and seven of them are male while 77 are female.

The ministry appealed to the public to adhere to the government’s directive on preventing the spread of the disease.

“Looking at age distribution, the coronavirus disease is affecting the more productive members of our society. This means we need to take charge and observe the interventions put in place,” Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr Mercy Mwangangi said.


Olajumoke Adeleke