Kenya Police have launched a search for at least 14 Kenyans who are said to have come into contact with two siblings who tested positive for Covid-19, with 14 other people already in quarantine after interacting with the two siblings.
The siblings who left Kilifi County for Mandera County to be with their parents traversed four counties and may have put several lives in danger though unknowingly.
The two a brother(20) and a sister(22) left Kilifi on Sunday, March 29th and are said to have interacted with several unknown people on their way to Mandera, starting with Mombasa where they spent a few hours before boarding an evening bus for Nairobi.Modern Coast buses await inspection at the NTSA inspectorate unit in Miritini on December 14, 2019.Daily Nation
On Monday, 30th March they arrived in Nairobi and proceeded to a hotel in Eastleigh spending the night there before embarking on the final journey to their home on Tuesday, 31st March.
From Eastleigh, the two booked seat no. 13 and 14 on Makha bus, as they embarked on the final stretch of the 28hour journey from Kilifi to Mandera.
On their way, the bus had a stopover in Mwingi dropping and picking up other passengers, before stopping for a 15minute lunch break in Garissa town.
With the journey being long and curfew time approaching the bus spent the night at Leheley, leaving the next morning on 1st April for Wajir town where the two, had breakfast with the other travellers.
On their way from Wajir, the bus made a stopover at Kutulo, a small town between Wajir and Mandera, to drop and pick other passengers, before finishing off their journey in Mandera on the 2nd April and heading for their parents home.
The case of the two siblings now clearly highlight why the government has been telling Kenyans to stay where they are as they risk infecting other innocent Kenyans and relatives without their knowledge.Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses a press conference on Covid-19 in Nairobi in March 2020File
After a three day stay at their parents home, the siblings began developing flu symptoms and on 5th they were taken to a clinic in Mandera only for further diagnosis to
For the next two days, the two stayed at home. But on the 5th of April, they started having COVID-19 like symptoms and were rushed to a nearby clinic in Mandera and subsequently put into quarantine.
The government is now calling on people who came into contact with the siblings or travelled together to present themselves to authorities for quarantine or to observe a personal 21 period of self-quarantine.
On Monday, April 6th, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared a partial lockdown and cessation of movement in Nairobi Metropolitan, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa Counties, in a bid to curtail further spread of the virus to other parts of the nation.
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