Kenya now in red zone as total Covid-19 cases reach 59

Health Chief Administration Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi during a Covid-19 update conference at Afya House on March 31, 2020 / MOH

Kenya has reported nine more coronavirus cases, putting Kenya in the red zone after recording more than 50 case.

The country’s total number of Covid-19 cases is 59.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi on Tuesday said in the last 24 hours, 234 samples have been analysed in which the nine tested positive as of March 31.

“So far, the total number of close contacts that we have so far been monitoring stands at 1,668. Out of this number, 508 have been discharged from contact follow up process after completing the 14 days follow up period,” Mwangangi said.

She added that the Ministry of Health in the process of setting up and equipping isolation facilities.

“Our isolation facility at Mbagathi Hospital is running on a capacity of 120 beds. We are also equipping Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital with a capacity of 300 beds. We are also in the process of exploring and identifying schools to be used as isolation facilities, in partnership with the county governments,” Mwangangi added.

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said they would not take questions.

The CAS added that they are in the process of exploring and identifying schools to be used as isolation facilities, in partnership with the county governments.

“Currently we are working to increase testing capacity by opening more centers countrywide to fasten the process,” she said.

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