NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 10 – The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Kenya has risen to 189, the government announced Friday.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the addition was from 5 new cases after 504 samples were tested.
“We now have 189 confirmed as positive,” he told a news conference.
Ten people were discharged from hospital Friday, raising the total of people who have recovered in Kenya to 22.
“This is good news. Indeed it is a Good Friday. For the first time in a day, we have released more people than we took in,” he said, “the individuals have tested negative twice.”
Of the new infections, Kagwe said, all are Kenyans who were identified after 504 samples were tested since Thursday.
Only one of the new cases was flagged to have had a travel history to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with Mombasa producing three of the infections and Nairobi and Nyandarua having one case each.
He said one of the cases was picked from the quarantine facilities with four retrieved from contacts who had interacted with infected people.
The age brackets of the five between the ages of 27 to 58.
2, 054 contacts have been monitored to date with 1, 481 being cleared during the follow-up programs, whereas 6, 192 have been tested to date, the CS said.
Kagwe emphasized the need for the Ministry of Health regulations to be adhered to so as to break the infection cycle.
He reiterated his appeal to the youth to heighten their contribution in the war against the virus, while insisting that their effort would be the game-changer.
“I am pleased to report that we have had communication with different youth groups who have contacted us and shared ideas on how they can help in the villages, estates and we continue to encourage them to do so,” he said.
Seven people have so far succumbed to the virus in the country.