Kenya's Covid-19 Cases Rise to 142

  • A photo of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Afya House on March 18, 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media outside Afya House on March 18, 2020.
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  • The Ministry of Health on Sunday, April 5, announced the confirmation of 16 new Coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 142.

    Of the new cases, fifteen are Kenyan citizens while one is a Nigerian national.

    In addition, eleven of the 16 new cases had a history of recent travel while 5 had the virus locally transmitted.

    Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Mercy Mwangangi pictured during a press briefing, March 26, 2020.
    Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Mercy Mwangangi pictured during a press briefing, March 26, 2020.
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    Of the new cases, 9 were identified in quarantine areas where authorities had compelled Kenyans and foreigners who arrived in the country to stay for 14 days.47

    At a press conference, the Ministry of Transport also announced that a ban on international flights coming into the country would be extended by 30 days, with the directive to take effect on Monday, April 6.

    Cargo flights will, however, remain exempt from the directive as will evacuation flights for foreign nations planning to evacuate their citizens.

    The evacuation flights will also have to provide 72-hour notice before being granted approval to land.

    Transport CS James Macharia further announced that matatus which failed to adhere to directives on social distancing would have their licences revoked, further warning that operators would be charged with deliberately spreading the virus.

    Boda boda riders were also warned that they would be locked up and their motorbikes impounded if they failed to adhere to the directives.

    Macharia also announced the suspension of prison visits for 30 more days as part of measures to curb the spread of the dreaded virus.

    Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi also reiterated an appeal made by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Saturday, April 4 to Kenya's youth to play a key role in curbing the spread of the virus.

    "What the CS was talking about is taking personal responsibility. I think we are duty bound to protect our families, our parents and grandparents," she stated.

    Mwangangi further stated that those who died from Covid-19 would have to be buried within 24 hours.

    “Persons who pass away from coronavirus disease will have to be buried within 24 hours from the time of death. Burials will be restricted to less than 15 close family members,” she asserted.

    Director-General of Health Patrick Amoth also confirmed the extension of the stay of individuals in mandatory quarantine for 14 days, claiming that many had failed to comply with their directives.

    Questioned on whether the individuals would remain in mandatory quarantine at hotels at their own cost, as they have been doing, Amoth stated that they had discussed the matter and communication would be issues on the same in due course.

    Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking at KICC on March 17, 2016.
    Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking at KICC on March 17, 2016.
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