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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,14TH APRIL,2020-Eight people tested positive for coronavirus out of 694 samples analyzed within 24 hours leading to Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 216.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangagi said during a news conference at Ministry of Health headquarters in Nairobi six of the confirmed cases arose from mandatory quarantine centres while two were traced by surveillance teams from the health ministry.
She said 2,331 contacts have been monitored out of which 1,729 have been discharged. 602 others were being monitored.
“Out of the 8 who tested positive 5 are Kenyans and 3 are from foreign nationalities and 6 have a travel history,” Dr Mwangangi stated.
Further she noted an increase in the number of cases reported form counties outside Nairobi with more devolved units recording new cases.
From the data Nairobi has 101 cases, Mombasa (34), Kilifi (10), Mandera (6), Kiambu (7), Nakuru (5), Kisii (1), Kitui (2), Kajiado (2), Kakamega (2), Laikipia (2), Kwale (1), Murang’a (2), Nyandarua (2), Nyeri (1), Vihiga (1), Homabay (1), Siaya (2), Nyamira (1) and Uasin Gishu (2).
“Despite the measures we have put in place we already witnessing a phenomenon where the virus is increasingly moving into the counties, the virus is now domiciled across the length and breadth of a Republic from down South in Kilifi to Mandera in the North, from West in Vihiga to Kitui in the East,” she said.
Nairobi, Dr Mwangingi, however added remained the epicenter of the virus accounting for the highest number of registered cases in the country.
The Ministry of Health is set to deploy 12000 testing kits for the mass testing exercise in prioritized target areas including Kibra in Nairobi, Mandera and Siaya.