Citizen TV Journalist Tests Positive for Covid-19

  • A Citizen TV reporter has tested positive for coronavirus.

    The journalist, who has been at the frontline in covering coronavirus-related news, got the results after testing in a hospital in Nairobi.

    "Results came back positive though I feel okay. I have even done my usual training in my room where I am currently self-isolating," the journalist indicated, while chosing to maintain anonymity.

    File photo of K24 news studio.
    File photo of K24 news studio.

    The journalist's results came in days after an employee at Mediamax Network Limited tested positive for the virus.

    "Please be informed that one employee in the Finance Department has tested positive for Covid-19 after exhibiting mild symptoms. The employee has already self-isolated in accordance with home-based care guidelines," read a memo by the media house.

    Still in July, two members of staff at the national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) tested positive for Covid-19.

    "While appropriate protocols have been activated to prevent infection from the affected staff, the situation calls for enhanced personal responsibility within and outside Broadcasting House to protect ourselves, colleagues, families and others," the memo by the broadcaster read in part.

    Kenyan journalists, just like other essential service providers, have been at the forefront in gathering data and stories to inform the citizens on the current happenings and sensitizing on ways to combat the pandemic.

    Acknowledging their efforts, the U.S. Embassy donated 1,000 facemasks to the journalists as part of an ongoing measure to combat the spread of coronavirus.

    U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter lauded the great lengths journalists were going in their line of duty.

    Coronavirus cases in the country have spiked in the month of July with 11,252 cases recorded so far.

    The Ministry of Health expressed their worry after 450 health workers tested positive for the virus.

    Since the pandemic hit the country in March, health care workers have threatended to go on strike, claiming that the government was not doing its best to provide them with protective gear.

    The government has, however disputed the claims, denying assertions that some health facilities in Nairobi County were suffering a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).  

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses journalists outside Afya House in April 2020
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses journalists outside Afya House in April 2020