NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – The Ministry of Health Sunday confirmed four more cases of coronavirus out of 69 isolated persons that had been placed under monitoring tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 42.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Nairobi remains the epicenter of the infections, leading with 31 cases.
“The four include a Kenyan and three foreigners, out of the four confirmed three come from Nairobi County,” Kagwe said during a status update on Sunday.
Kagwe said nearly 1,000 people who came into close contacts with confirmed cases are being monitored, while 215 others had been discharged after completing quarantine.
“Tracing of contacts is ongoing, currently we have 18 individuals admitted in Mbagathi waiting for test results,” he stated, and appealed to Kenyans to adhere to the set guidelines aimed at containing the spread of the virus, saying mass sicknesses are already straining health care systems in developed countries like Italy and Spain which had recorded thousands of deaths daily.
Kenya has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew which started last week on Friday as part of measures by President Uhuru Kenyatta to prevent a further spread of the virus that has so far killed one person.
Kagwe said in the event the situation stretches, the government is prepared to use airport hangers and boarding schools for health facilities due to the limited number of health centres in the country.
“We have an opportunity to break the cycle of mass sickness by following what we are being told,” said Kagwe.
Globally, there are more than 30,000 deaths, with Italy leading with the number of fatalities at 10,000.
United States has the highest number of infections totaling 123,000.