Coronavirus: 25 quarantined in Naivasha, 16 identified in Tsavo

  • A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke
  • UPDATE: Government efforts of tracing individuals who had come into contact with the French tourist who tested positive for Covid-19 has extended to Tsavo.

    According to the latest reports, 16 individuals have been identified as having had close contact with the French national, bringing the total number of individuals who had come into contact with him to 41.

    The French national also stayed at Amboseli and Naivasha hotels, with the latter being forced to quarantine its employees. 


    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Harambee House on March 22, 2020.
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Harambee House on March 22, 2020.
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    Twenty-five employees of a hotel in Naivasha located along the Moi South Lake Road, were placed under quarantine on March 23.

    This came after the government was able to backtrace the movements of a French national who was among the 8 who had tested positive for Covid-19.

    According to Naivasha Sub-county Commissioner Mbogo Mathioya, it has since been established that the tourist checked in at the hotel on March 9, with his spouse, before checking out the following day and heading to Amboseli.

    "We have put the 25 hotel workers on a 14-day self-quarantine within the hotel," Mathioya revealed.

    One of the workers at the hotel, who preferred to remain anonymous told The Standard that the general mood among his colleagues was gloomy and fearful.

    "We are really scared after we learned that one of our visitors was positive," they disclosed.

    Reports further stated that the couple moved on from Amboseli to Kilifi where the man tested positive for the virus that was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The sub-county commissioner stated that 25 other individuals who stayed at the hotel during the period were also being tracked down.

    He announced that the staffers were in stable condition and that none had exhibited any signs or symptoms, however, he reiterated that the government was not willing to take any risks.

    Three more individuals have also been placed under quarantine - one, a woman who recently travelled back from the US.

    "The woman was on quarantine for 14 days but on day 12, she left her home and we have had to put her and two others on quarantine," Mathioya disclosed.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, on Wednesday, March 23, announced that one more individual had tested positive for Covid-19, bring the total tally to 16.

    Flanked by the Inspector-General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, the duo urged Kenyans to adhere to government protocols to avoid contracting or spreading the virus, making it clear that the government would deal with individuals caught flouting these directives without mercy.

    Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai speaking at the special sitting held by the National Assembly's Committee on Education on February 26.
    Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai speaking at the special sitting held by the National Assembly's Committee on Education on February 26.
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