NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – The Ministry of Health Monday confirmed one more positive coronavirus case, raising the caseload in the country to sixteen.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the person who has tested positive was among contacts traced from the eight new cases confirmed on Sunday.
The Ministry of Health, the CS said, is awaiting results for 11 more who are isolated at Kenyatta National Hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit in Mbagathi.
A total of 646 people who came into contact with confirmed cases have been traced by health officials working in collaboration with county governments, out of which 96 people have been released from the isolation facility.
CS Kagwe however called out public transport sector for hiking fares, calling actions by public service vehicel operators as immoral.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 15,000 lives with cases of infections exceeding 350,000.
Authorities have put in place strict social distancing measures in a bid to contain the spread of the virus, including suspending all international flights beginning on March 25.
Kenyans coming back from oversees will be quarantined at selected facilities for 14 days at their cost.
Church services and mosque gatherings have also been banned with funerals only limited to fifteen family members.
All bars and entertainment joints have also been ordered to close down, with restaurants only required to offer take away services.
Information from World Health Organization shows that cases of coronavirus in Africa are increasing, with South Africa having recorded 128 new cases in 24 hours raising the total number of infections to 402.
The coronavirus is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world.
Italy is still leading in death toll with over 5,000 deaths and more than 50,000 cases.
Available data however shows that about 100,000 coronavirus patients globally have recovered.