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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing a press conference on April 7 2020 on COVID-19 situation in Kenya.

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‘Brace!’ Health ministry urges Kenyans as confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 172

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 7 – The Ministry of Health Tuesday asked Kenyans to brace for tough times after it confirmed 14 new coronavirus cases raising the total to 172.

The new cases were validated after 696 samples were analyzed in the last 24 hours.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, however, said three people had been discharged after recovering from coronavirus.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing a press conference on April 7,  2020 when he announced 14 new coronavirus cases, raising the total in Kenya to 172.

“We must prepare ourselves to face an insurmountable situation, we are akin to a boat that is sailing towards a massive storm and we must brace ourselves and be ready mentally to face a situation that we have not faced before,” he told a regular media briefing Tuesday, when he announced 14 new positive cases. Of these, 7 are from Nairobi, 2 from Mombasa, 2 from Mandera. Machakos, Kiambu and Kisii registered a case each.

Kagwe, however, said three people had been discharged after recovering from coronavirus, raising the number of those discharged to 7.

“Out of the 14 cases, 12 are Kenyans and two are foreign nationals 4 are from quarantine facilities while 10 were picked by the surveillance team,” he said.

He warned Kenyans to be mentally prepared for tough times ahead, saying community transmissions are on the rise.
The two people in Mandera who tested positive are said to have traveled from Mombasa.

Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale Counties have since been issued with travel restrictions due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who issued the directive on Monday, however, said a total lockdown is an option if the current situation of coronavirus pandemic worsens.

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The Ministry of Health said they have been tracing 1928 contacts, with nearly 2000 people being monitored.

“Out of those, 1415 have been discharged having tested negative,” Kagwe said.

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